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tuesday1125

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tuesday1125

HI all,

I've posted here before. In brief, I've had a cut at the opening of my vagina for just about 11 weeks now, and about for 5 weeks, I've had a patch of white skin next to it. Did cultures, blood work, (I had a cold sore on my lip at the time) cultures negative, done within 48 hours of cut appearing, blood work positive for HSV1 and negative for HSV2. Seen 2 doctors and neither belive it to be herpes. They told me herpes wouldn't last this long, over 2 months. Cut has gotten alittle better over time, but still there, it was pretty deep, could put part of my fingernail in it. The Dr. said yesterday (check up) that I could have cut myself in the shower.

So, my question is, if I have had oral HSV1 since I was alittle kid (probably over 30 years now) what are the chances I could have it down there now? The last time I had oral sex was just about a year ago and that person never gets coldsores. Wouldn't it have shown up long ago?

Also, would a biopsy find herpes? I'm alittle scared about getting that done next month, the dr told me it's painful. Plus I'm afraid of what they might find.

Any advice would be greatly appreacited!!!

Thanks!

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talesofagirl

Nearly impossible that you have genital hsv-1. If they did a biopsy, they're not looking for that. They're looking for something like lichen sclerosus.

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ginnyp

I have an ulcer in the same spot as you that also has some white skin around it... I had a biopsy and it came back with cell changes consistent with hpv. I also have high-risk hpv. HPV can cause ulcers/cuts that do not heal on the vulva, vagina, anus, perineum... it doesn't ONLY occur on the cervix. HPV can also turn the skin white. Sometimes when the vulva has an active hpv infection and the skin turns white it can progress to VIN - which MIGHT be what your doctor is testing, as well as lichen sclerosis is also a possibility. There are a number of things it could be! It doesn't sound like HSV.

Try to relax, the biopsy is really not that bad. It doesn't feel great, but it's not THAT painful, and it heals in about a week. It is good for you and your doctor to stay on top of it, you might want to make sure your doctor is going to check for hpv.

I'm kind of upset that my doc/lab did my biopsy and DIDN'T specifically test for active hpv, only "cell changes that were consistent with hpv" it doesn't tell me if it's definitely hpv. They can do the dna test to see if it's definitely hpv or not.

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tuesday1125

Hi,

Thanks for your replies.......

I'm 36 and never had an abnormal pap. I had one done yesterday, will get the results in a week or so. I read a pamphlet in the doctors office yesterday about HPV and it said almost 80% of women in their life will get it. I've been with my boyfriend now alittle over a year and had a pap and std screening before we got together and then an std screening (including herpes) back in April. I"m afraid if I have HPV he will think I cheated on him.......which I didn't. Would I have to tell him? Will he have it? Will it cause problems?

Ginny, how are you treating your HPV?

Thanks again!

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aliveandok

HPV / Early Cervical cancer

HPV is very very very common. The pamphlet is right 80% of women (even married ones with few sexual partners) get HPV on the cervix. It's not something to stress about and it is NOT a reason to think anyone cheated. Your boyfriend is likely the source and has no symptoms. Honestly this is something most women these days go through.

What is important -

1- I'd suggest getting the Gardacil (sp?) shots. You don't want this again. This is a huge medical breakthrough - USE IT!

2- You need to complete the treatment they suggest - usually a LEEP (trimming off the cancerous cells on your cervix) - It sounds scary but mine was super simple and virtually painless)

3- You need to continue to have regular paps to make sure you continue to be fine.

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tuesday1125
HPV is very very very common. The pamphlet is right 80% of women (even married ones with few sexual partners) get HPV on the cervix. It's not something to stress about and it is NOT a reason to think anyone cheated. Your boyfriend is likely the source and has no symptoms. Honestly this is something most women these days go through.

What is important -

1- I'd suggest getting the Gardacil (sp?) shots. You don't want this again. This is a huge medical breakthrough - USE IT!

2- You need to complete the treatment they suggest - usually a LEEP (trimming off the cancerous cells on your cervix) - It sounds scary but mine was super simple and virtually painless)

3- You need to continue to have regular paps to make sure you continue to be fine.

Hi,

Thanks for replying.

I read that you can only have that vaccine if you are 9-26 or something like that........and I'm almost 37.

Would I have to tell him if that IS what I have?

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ntdc

Would the gardasil shot have any benefit if you already had HPV. I was in the phase 3 trials of it for men and they told me I would have been ineligible if I ever had HPV and it had no theraputic effect in those who had the disease. I guess it may prevent you from getting other strains maybe that is the thinking.

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