I recently got a papsmere and came back positive for high risk hpv. Idk how to take this, I read and saw that it's a very common infection that anyone can get wether you have been with multiple people or only one person. I have so many questions. But I still have 2 weeks until my follow up appt. and I cant help but get nervous about it and scared. I am 22 and I have never gotten an abnormal pap until now. I feel a bit embarrassed to be honest. And I don't want to let this affect me emotionally or mentally . Any advice? Also my ex boyfriend and I are good friends and he still deeply cares about me and I guess he's noticed me a bit more quiet and serious than usual he did ask me if something was wrong which I said no he doesn't believe me but I'm not to sure if it's a good idea to tell him. I don't want him or anyone thinking low of me because of it also I have been abstaining from having any type of sexual contact with anyone and I'm planning on staying that way at least until I know it has cleared up I don't want to pass it on to anyone. But like I said above if you have any advice or tips please send them my way thank you so much.
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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,April 30, 2016 - 10:38am
First of all, having high-risk HPV is nothing to be afraid or ashamed of. Most sexually active people get HPV at some point in their lives. Since the virus can remain dormant for years and cause no symptoms, it is near impossible to trace when, or from whom you received the infection.
Most of the time, the infection resolves itself within 8 to 13 months.
Having "high-risk" HPV means that it could potentially cause cancer. The most common cancer it can cause is cervical cancer. If high-risk HPV does not go away on its own, abnormal cells can develop. This is why having regular check ups is so important, because the abnormal cell growth needs to be detected and treated as soon as possible.
In order to keep from possibly spreading it, be sure to abstain from skin-to-skin contact. Using a condom can easily remedy that issue.
Whether you tell your ex-boyfriend or not is of course, entirely your decision. However, I would advise you not to tell him because there is currently no testing for HPV in men. So, it would probably cause more stress for him than necessary.
Below I've pasted a link you should check out that contain important facts about HPV.