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Low risk case of HPV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXX here
User :   Hello
User :   Did you get the question I had for you?
Doctor :   NO
User :   Hello??
Doctor :   sorry can u type it in
User :   Ok, I recently had a pap smear done two weeks ago. The nurse from my doctor's office told me today that I have a low risk case of HPV.. I was totally shocked!! I have been a virgin up until 27 (now 34) and had only ONE relationship. All previous pap smears have been normal in the past. Don't understand how this is possible.. Please help my worries
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   as a matter of fact this is a common fact regarding pap smears
User :   I don't understand how this is possible.. Do you have any ideas?
Doctor :   u should be happy as u are at a low risk
User :   What should I do to help get rid of it?
Doctor :   u dont have to do anything
Doctor :   You are completely ok
Doctor :   the PAP smear is interpreted as low risk, moderate risk & high risk
Doctor :   so you have a low risk , which is fine
User :   But what I don't understand is why I have a risk at all.. :(
Doctor :   HPV is a very common condition, which is asymptomatic in most cases
Doctor :   and the risk is detemined by examination of the layers of the vaginal cells changes
User :   Who carries it? The male or female?
Doctor :   the test does not mean that u have HPV
Doctor :   both can carry them, male and female
User :   What does the test mean?
Doctor :   the risk indicated is the changes in the vaginal cells , and it does not mean that u have HPV
Doctor :   individuals with multiple sex partners , have the highest risk as the HPV infection is more common in them
Doctor :   and this leads to cervical cell changes (dysplasia)
User :   So there is nothing I can do to help imrpove the situation?
Doctor :   which is an initial changes of cancer - cervix
Doctor :   You have a low risk, and probably dont have any HPV infection at all
Doctor :   so u just need to relax and rest ,
Doctor :   there is no need to do anything at all
User :   Well, I was just totally shocked is all..since I've only ever been with one partner
Doctor :   just folllow ur current lifestyle and since u have a single relationship, keep it that way and u will be fine
Doctor :   i guess u have not been explained about the test properly
User :   No I haven't it.. They just threw the news on me
Doctor :   since the risk is low, it means that u have very low chances of cancer CERVIX
Doctor :   It is not passed through the semen of the male, but is harbored within the cells of the entire genital region
User :   Ok, thank you for your time :)
User :   Anything else I should know before I go?
Doctor :   the earlier a woman begins having sex and the greater number of male sexual partners she has in her lifetime, the greater the risk of contracting various strains of the HPV virus.
Doctor :   no nothing as such
Doctor :   as u are not having any issues
Doctor :   You have a low risk
Doctor :   and need not worry
User :   Thanks for your time, doc
Doctor :   Do u have any other query?
Doctor :   U r welcome
User :   Have a nice day/night
Doctor :   please leave ur feedback as you log out
Doctor :   thanks , take care and bye for now
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