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HPV infection in pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi, im currently 17 weeks pregnant and i was told at my 15 week check up that my pap smear came back abnormal, that it showed that i had hpv the cancer causing one. my doctor said that my body should be able to get rid of the virus by the time i have my post partum check up, she said if not then there is a surgery i can have too remove all the cells. so my questions are if my husband smokes every once in a great while and its unknow whether or not he has it (he in afghanistan so his immune system is not the best right now) if my body happens to get rid of it before he get back can he reinfect me? will smoking once in a while affect it on his end then affect me since we dont use protection? will hpv affect my unborn baby?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query and give me a couple of minutes
Doctor :   I shall split the question into parts
User :   ok
Doctor :   1) Since you do not have symptoms of HPV, I would delay the treatment of it until child birth
Doctor :   2) HPV shall infect your husband at any time in fact he is already infected but fortunately HPV has no major problems in men
Doctor :   3) Smoking certainly reduces immunity and thus fighting capacity to infection of any organism
Doctor :   HPV is a kind of weird virus where even a good immune individual cannot fight it
User :   even smoking once in a great while?
User :   can i get reinfected with the same virus?
Doctor :   Smoking is always bad than non smoker
Doctor :   Do you mean after treatment?
User :   should my body get rid of it on its own
User :   my doc told me that my body should get rid of it by the time i have my baby and they retest, but if it hasnt they can do surgery
User :   can this affect my baby?
Doctor :   Most often the body get rid of it on its own within a year
Doctor :   HPV uncommonly affects the baby during child birth
Doctor :   Next suggested actions, regular pap smears
Doctor :   and follow up with doctor
User :   so can i get reinfected once its gone
Doctor :   Yes
User :   so him and i can ping pong it back and forth?
Doctor :   I did not understand your last sentence
Doctor :   Can you come again with it
User :   can we keep infecting each other back and forth
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Most of the people would not recognise if they are infected or not
User :   and there is no way to know if both or one of us have gotten rid of it?
User :   well more so him since i heard men cant be tested for it
Doctor :   Some blood tests are there
User :   does me having a family hx of cervical ca increase my chances of it turning into ca?
Doctor :   Yes a family history of cervical cancer is a risk factor for an individuals increased risk of same cancer
Doctor :   but can be easily detected at early stages and treated effectively
Doctor :   remember it can be easily detected with regular pap
Doctor :   and treated completely
User :   can if make the viruss worst if we were together and we both still have it?
Doctor :   I did not understand the question again I am sorry
User :   will the virus get any worse or harder to treat if we were to have unprotected sex when he came back and we both still have the virus
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It would not get worser
Doctor :   sorry worse
User :   is this something i need to worry about?
Doctor :   At present, no
Doctor :   In future, yes if you do not get the follow up pap smears
User :   ok well thank you i think that answers all my questions
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   Have a great labor and wonderful baby in and prosperous New Year ahead
User :   happy new year to you also
User :   and thanks again
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