Katarina

How surprised I was at 39 when I received a positive result.

Hi all! Let’s talk about unpleasant things today. I won’t say that I visit doctors very regularly. However, three pregnancies taught me to visit a gynaecologist at least once a year or more often. Also, three pregnancies gave me scars on my cervix. Plus, somewhere, there was still a slight erosion under regular observation. Tests show us that some variants of this HPV virus are quite harmless, and some are oncogenic and cause cancer. Moreover, I know that the majority of the population of our planet has them. Additionally, I took STD tests for them about a year ago, and everything was zero.

The STD analysis was then part of a standard STD examination in a gynaecological chair and was not particularly memorable to me. It was free for me and included in the compulsory medical insurance examination. At the same time, I took cytology twice (the results were in March and April).

At the end of May, I had a colposcopy.

After placing suppositories, a repeat analysis showed no pathologies caused by inflammation in the cervix. At the colposcopy, the doctor told me that she didn’t see anything criminal; she recommended that I put the suppositories on again in three months and, after another three, come to see a gynaecologist. She noted that I needed to check whether I had been tested for STDs. I said that the result was negative. I placed the candles in August, and she visited her doctor in December.

At the appointment, they took a smear again for cytology, and I paid for an HPV kit since the quota had ended by the end of the year. I don’t refuse paid test kits at my antenatal clinic; we do it if the doctor says it’s necessary. It doesn’t impose too much, and it doesn’t happen often. 

Diagnosis

On January 13, I received the diagnosis – Cin1 dysplasia, and recommendations to retake cytology using the liquid method and undergo variant checkup. Since the HPV DNA test was paid for, only a doctor can obtain the results. But at the reception, they announced that the result was positive.

Where? The doctor said the immune system was probably weakening, and HPV ran amok. However, it had not been found since the immune system was controlling it in small quantities. The riddle remains a mystery to me.

Immediately and without hesitation, the doctor said that I needed to take another HPV Type exam, which would show the variant of virus and its quantity. She asked about the cycle and said we could take it now. The cost is already noticeably higher. I also didn’t think long and am now waiting for his results. The analysis is as normal on my part as any other. Chair—mirror—brushstroke.

The doctor based the prescription of treatment on the results and scheduled liquid cytology and colposcopy. The doctor immediately prescribed me Polygynax to ensure no inflammation (although other tests were normal).

I’m waiting for the results of the analysis.

The second exam came back negative, awaiting a retake.

After colposcopy

In February, the Laboratory refused to transfer these results, stating that I had healed myself within a month. The STD issue remains unresolved. Therefore, liquid cytology was performed during the consultation, and free HPV variant sampling was conducted. The results came back negative. There was no dysplasia, no changes in cytology, and no STD.

Why am I all this? You can get tested regularly. The virus often causes dysplasia; cin1 sometimes quickly develops into cin2 and cin3, and then oncology. During examination, nothing hurts, as I understand it, and it is only revealed at that time.

And I will repeat all this in a year.  Hopefully without unclear results.

And for me personally, the question of an STD remains open. Was it?

Good health to everyone.

Irene

Rescue of drowning people by the efforts of the drowning people themselves. And a little about the virus.

I am for monogamy, permanent partners and protected sex.

Of course, the topic is not one of the most pleasant for me, but I think the more a person knows about HPV, the greater the chances and opportunities to help themselves.

I didn’t make a reservation; your responsibility for your health lies primarily with you, not with your mom, dad, partner, doctors, or anyone else.

I got papilloma during pregnancy. A little above the groin and closer to the thigh. In 6.5 years, it grew to 7mm in diameter. I plan to remove it shortly. Although it is not dangerous, it carries a viral load and interferes with removing clothes.

During the same period, genital warts appeared on the neck.

But I want to point out that only some are so harmless.

Human Papillomavirus of high carcinogenic risk are types 16,18,31,33,35,39,45,51,52,56, 58,59. Every year, types are added.”

My story:

I learned about the STD risks before preparing for pregnancy. And I had to take the 16th and 18th-grade checks, if I’m not mistaken.

I handed it in and forgot.

Almost 6 years have passed, and I had to think about STDs again.

Now, every girl/woman who is sexually active must take it.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 13 years old or 75. Everyone who is sexually active should be checked for STDs once a year.

In 2018, I went for another examination with a gynaecologist accompanied by my mother. They told her that now the “minimum for a woman” is an HPV type exam and liquid-based cytology. Suppose there are no other complaints. I also got tested.

Analysis:

To identify or refute the presence of the human papillomavirus, I took the following checks:

Human Papillomavirus of high carcinogenic risk (16,18,31,33,35,39,45,51,52,56, 58,59), DNA genotyping (urogenital scraping).

The fluid was collected for analysis on a gynaecological chair using a dilator and a stick, like a regular smear. It did not cause any unpleasant sensations.

My analysis detected highly oncogenic type 52. Out of ignorance, I hastily read about HPV, scouring all available public information. But unfortunately, at that time there was very little information about type 52, or rather none at all.

The STD Doctor concludes whether to continue the diagnosis or prescribe treatment based on these data.

I also had “liquid cytology of the cervix and cervical canal” performed, which revealed no changes.

Liquid cytology of the cervix and cervical canal (review can be found here).

A video colposcopy revealed no deviations or changes.

However, the presence of HPV in fairly decent quantities is not good; the body experiences a constant HPV viral load, and cells multiply randomly. Then, it was decided to fight the virus and reduce its presence in the body.

Another fact about HPV is that you cannot completely eradicate it; you can only put it into permanent remission, into sleep mode.

P.S.

Both partners undergo STD testing, but the woman’s test yields more revealing results since her environment contains more mucous, making it easier to collect material compared to a man’s. In men, HPV can also cause changes.

Not all types of HPV are dangerous, but don’t take them to extremes.

Self-healing is possible if the body is free of deficiencies, chronic diseases, proper balanced nutrition, stress, and physical activity.

If your partner is not permanent, do not neglect contact contraception methods. Yes, they do not provide a 100% guarantee, but the risk of STD infection will decrease significantly.

Suppose you have had unprotected sexual intercourse, anal, oral, vaginal. We take an analysis of all points of contact with the partner.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, DO NOT POSTPONE YOUR HEALTH; if you are diagnosed with HPV, do not leave things to chance; contact specialists for qualified help.

That’s why I’m for monogamy, regular partners and protected sex. Our health primarily depends on us.

Thanks for reading.

I hope the post was useful to you.

Good health to you.