Throughout life, there will be time when many of us have to deal with an illness or problem that often feels impossible to deal with.
It doesn’t matter what it is, but if it feels like it’s too big, it can alienate you from the rest of your otherwise happy life.
If you are tested positive for HPV and you’re looking to make sure that you don’t fall into this “impossible” line of thought —
Learning the proper mindset and coping skills to deal with your diagnosis can keep your life working and moving forward as it should.
- I am tested positive for HPV – What does that mean?
- Can you Get Rid of HPV from your Body – Is it Curable?
- Diagnosed with HPV.. Now What?
- HPV and Relationship: How to Deal with it with your Partner
- Living with High-Risk HPV / Low-Risk HPV
- What’s Next: Things You Should Do – Can you Live A Normal Life with HPV?
HPV Test Positive Results: Understand What It Means With Pap Smear
Pap Smear test is a cervical screening procedure performed by health practitioner who collects sample tissues from female cervix for examination, to check if the cervical cells are normal or abnormal.
HPV DNA testing looks for presence of HPV in the cervical cells, in which the HPV test can be carried out with Pap smear as co-testing, or through high-risk HPV DNA Test using Hybrid Capture 2 (HC2), ThinPrep Pap, or Aptima HPV assay.
If you are tested positive for HPV, the table below indicates what do the HPV / Pap Test results mean, and what are the recommended next steps:
|HPV Test||Pap Test Results||What Do These HPV / Pap Test Results Mean||Recommended Follow Up As Next Step|
|Positive||Normal||High-risk type of HPV found, but no abnormalities detected in cervical cells.||One of the following:
1. Repeat Pap and HPV tests in 12 months.
2. Test for HPV16/18. If positive, colposcopy. If negative, repeat Pap and HPV tests in 12 months.
|Positive||Results unclear / inconclusive (ASCUS)||High-risk type of HPV found, and some cervical cells do not look completely normal. HPV infection is the likely cause of abnormalities in cervical cells.||Colposcopy to examine cervical cells under magnification|
|Positive||Abnormal (LSIL or HSIL)||High-risk type of HPV found, and abnormal cervical cell changes detected. HPV is the likely cause of abnormal cell changes in cervical.||LSIL: Colposcopy
HSIL: Colposcopy and immediate treatment
When cervical high risk HPV DNA detected with positive test results, some testing can indicate the specific HPV type whether it is HPV 16 and 18 that cause 70% of cervical cancers, or it’s other non-16/18 high risk HPV type (like HPV-31 and HPV-45) that may cause cellular changes in the cervix.
Abnormal pap smear with HPV positive mean the Human Papillomavirus has caused cervical cell changes – ranging from mild CN1 or Low-grade SIL (LSIL) to High-grade SIL (HSIL), CIN2 or CIN3 with moderate to severe abnormal cell changes.
Can You Get Rid of HPV from Your Body – Is it Curable? Any Treatment?
Symptoms and health conditions caused by HPV in women and men can be treated. For examples:
- According to MedicineNet, moderate or severe cervical dysplasia can be treated with removal (resection) procedures like LEEP and hysterectomy, or through destruction (ablation) procedures like cryotherapy and carbon dioxide laser.
- Men diagnosed with HPV warts can be treated with topical wart removal ointments.
While the HPV virus itself does not have any cure, CDC claims human body can clear over 90% of HPV infections within 2 years. So if you are tested positive for HPV, it can go away on its own, and only persistent high-risk HPV in the body can cause cervical cancer (and anal/throat cancer).
For people who wants to get rid of HPV faster, there are natural remedies for HPV and dysplasia supported by clinical studies that may help.
One of them is natural mushroom extract Active Hexose Correlated Compound (AHCC), whereby researchers in the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that AHCC not only helped women achieved HPV negative results, but it also appears to be effective in eradicating persistent HPV infection. This is further testified by many actual user results. >> Learn More
Additionally, natural soluble fibers Beta Glucan with hundreds of scientific research also demonstrated its efficacy in getting rid of HPV-correlated lesions, as discovered by clinical studies conducted by Italian researchers in San Camillo-Forlanini Hospital and Sapienza University of Rome.
I’m Diagnosed with HPV – Now What?
With CDC revealed there is about 14 million people become newly infected with HPV each year, you are certainly not alone in dealing with this most common sexually transmitted infection.
The most important thing is to keep positive mindset, look forward, stay focused on things you should do now and take control of your life.
After all, there is good chance that you can turn HPV positive into HPV negative.
HPV and Relationship: How to Deal with it with Your Partner?
When you first learn that you have HPV, you may get mad at your partner, or you may get hesitated whether to tell your partner that you have been diagnosed HPV positive.
First and foremost, you need to educate yourself on it and know exactly what you are dealing with.
Knowledge is power, and it can often help keep you calm, too, when you see that HPV is a manageable STI and often can go away on its own.
“I have HPV – Did My Partner Cheat?”
You feel as though he or she must have cheated in order to be able to contaminate you with this STI – since you didn’t cheat, after all.
The thing to remember is that this HPV virus can be in your body for years without your even knowing, so you could have contracted it at an earlier time without any kind of knowledge that you did.
It is not possible to know how long you’ve had contracted the HPV and who transmitted the virus to you, so the HPV virus could have been staying dormant in your body for all the time before the start of your current relationship.
Tested positive with sexual-related HPV virus (such as HPV-6 and HPV-11 that cause genital warts) could point toward your partner’s infidelity, but it’s not a definitive telltale sign.
Think through these before having an open discussion with your partner, and check out the video below in which Dr. Carrie Jones answered to the question “if a committed woman gets HPV – is that an indication that her partner is cheating?”
You also should make sure that you contact all of your past sexual partners and tell them that you have the diagnosis so that they can go ahead and get tested, too. It’s awkward without question, but it’s something that you need to do and be the better person for doing it.
“Should I Tell My Partner that I have HPV? How to Break the News?”
First, it is important to comprehend HPV before you think of discussing it with your partner. The knowledge gained will help you establish your own comfort level.
Avoiding myths and hype as well as getting factual information is one of the most important aspects of assisting your partner to have a great understanding of the virus. Since you are infected with the virus, adequate information of the same can help you cope with HPV better.
You can also direct your partner to various resources that you might have learned over time and you think it will be beneficial to him/her.
- HPV – Human Papillomavirus Fact Sheet by CDC
- How you can get HPV infection via these HPV transmission routes
- Treatment Options of HPV once You Have it in Your Body
It does not necessarily mean that you have done something wrong by having HPV. When you have conversation with your partner, bear in mind that the conversation should not be viewed as an apology or making a ‘confession’, though it is natural that question like “did my partner cheat” may surface.
At some point in time, individuals who are sexually active may develop the virus without even knowing that they have it. Most often there are no visible symptoms that show you have HPV unless it becomes worse. It only means that you have been exposed to the virus like many others. It may not be a reflection on your values or your character.
Surely, it may be challenging to break the news to your partner that you are diagnosed with HPV/STD; Watch the video below if you need some guidance.
Living with High-Risk and Low-Risk HPV types
HPV high risk DNA detected in early stage should not be over alarming, because strains like HPV-16 and HPV-18 will not cause cervical cancer overnight, while most people do not feel any symptoms that have immediate impact on their quality of life.
According to Medscape:
The latency period between initial HPV exposure and development of cervical cancer may be months to years. Although rapid progression is possible, average time from initial infection to manifestation of invasive cervical cancer is estimated at up to 15 years.
Diagnosed with HPV warts, on the hand, may bring psychological impact and self-esteem related concern to patients (especially for people infected by genital warts) — however warts caused by low-risk HPV strains are not dangerous and will not be life-threatening.
Warts may either go away if left untreated, maintain its normal stature or multiply in number. Since wart virus is highly contagious, it’s recommended to go for treatment as soon as warts are found.
Coping with HPV: I have HPV Now What?
“Can I live a normal life with HPV?”
Getting HPV test positive results do not mean you have or will get symptoms like cancers or warts. So finding out that you have HPV is not the end of world, though it’s normal to feel that way at first.
People should not be over anxious when it comes to living or coping with HPV virus. However, it is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you have a normal life living with it, minimize your level of getting new infections related to HPV as well as that of your partners, and get yourself cleared of the virus before it cause severe health conditions like cancers.
Here are some guidelines on what to do when you have HPV:
• Follow up checkups are crucial
Doctor will provide professional advice after your HPV test shows positive results. The recommended next follow up steps may include colposcopy for further diagnosis, immediate treatment if HSIL detected, or repeat Pap and HPV tests in 12 months time. Ensure collaboration with your doctors.
• Boost body immune system
Your body immunity is the first defense line to clear the virus from your body while fight against new HPV infection. >> How to boost your body immune to win the battle against HPV
• Communicate with your partner
Get educated with HPV facts, open up about this topic and communicate it with your partner to develop a good understanding about it. Knowing more about HPV will help you along the way.
• Consider HPV vaccination
When there are 100 over types of Human Papillomavirus, HPV vaccine like Gardasil 9 is beneficial to protect you and your partner against infection of new HPV strains, even if you have been sexually active. >> Learn why it’s never too late to get HPV vaccination
• Use condom whenever you have sex
Direct genital skin contact is one of the key factor that cause the spread of HPV, that is the reason condoms are recommended as necessary precautions for couples who are sexually active. Your risk of HPV transmission will be minimized (but not fully eliminated) by consistent use of condoms. If you or your partner is undergoing treatment for some infections related to HPV, it is advisable to refrain from sexual intercourse at least until the HPV symptom like genital wart is gone.
• Stay positive
Keep positive thinking and mindset is helpful when battle against medical setbacks like HPV infection or recovering from HPV treatment.