Hi, so I love this site but this is my first post. I am 33, female, and I have been with the same partner for 5 years monogamously.
I've had 4 years of bad cervical paps associated with high-risk HPV infection. No LEEPs yet. The past 2 paps have been ASC-US and were actually negative for HPV. I thought I was in the clear.
Then I started worrying about anal HPV. So I went to doctor (paid out of pocket) and got an anal pap. Today he called to tell me I have ASC-US there, and positive for high-risk HPV. Now I am scared and feel like crying. I'm worried!
The questions swimming through my head are:
- If my cervical HPV has cleared (or at least gone negative), why do I have HPV in the anal area? That's a 4-year infection at least.
- Stuff I've read says that people generally clear the virus after 2 years - so for all the people that DON'T clear it in that time, do we just deal with it for life and eventually get cancer somewhere (throat, vulva, cervix, anal, vagina)? I have a feeling of inevitability about it and it makes me want to cry.
- Should I make my OBGYN check for vulvar and vaginal dysplasia in addition to cervical?
- Should I make my dentist check me for oral dysplasia?
- What about my partner - is he at risk for oral cancer or other types? As a man, what can he do?
I am going crazy over here worrying - I've had 4 years of worry but I still just don't really understand how this virus works.