Is it bad to have HPV in your body?
October 18, 2013 8:56 PM Subscribe
I'm on my fourth consecutive abnormal pap smear and resulting colposcopy. I know HPV is super common and I am fine with it being in my body, but am I just going to test positive and have abnormal cells forever?
posted by pintapicasso to health & fitness (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In 2008, 2009 and 2010 I had abnormal pap smears which showed HPV. Each time I got a colposcopy,and each time I got a biopsy which showed no abnormal cells. I didn't get a pap smear the last two years because I HATE the inevitable biopsy; it hurts and is scary. This year I sucked it up and got one; and guess what, the HPV is still there and I'm getting another colposcopy and probably gonna have another biopsy.
Is it that abnormal for HPV not to clear after 5 years? Is there a risk to having it in my body? I called the nurse at my gyno office and she said it's "neither abnormal or abnormal." I am feeling a little anxiety right now and I am NOT a hypochondriac at all. Does anyone know?