... to the m.d. in the morning, but i have done much internet research and now realize that i do indeed have hpv/warts externally and there are alot of them. i have had intercourse, protected, since the appearance of the warts and intercourse does tend to make me bleed. i have never had this issue with warts before and i am totally freaked out to say the least. i have been under a great deal of stress in the last 8 weeks, and wonder if that could have caused an outbreak of the virus if it had been dormant in my system? (this is just me wondering) also, as i have had unprotected sex within the time frame before and after the appearance of the warts with one man, and i know that it is quite possible the warts have come from him. i read somewhere before that intercourse with the same person will not cause a re-erruption, is that right? also, as i said, the external vaginal warts are numerous and begin at my clit and down to my vaginal opening and i am only assuming the existence of internal warts due to the bleeding with intercourse. when i do go to the physician tomorrow, what is likely to happen? would it be most likely to receive a prescription for podofilox, or will the physician be prepared to do a colposcopy at the visit? unfortunately i also am employed by the company where i will be seeing a physician and this alone terrifies me as i am ashamed that i've allowed my hormones to cause me to end up with an std. help?
Seeing a doctor is the right thing to do first.
HPV can be confusing. Human papilloma virus, (HPV) is a big family of viruses, with over 100 members. Some members cause external warts like you have, and some members cause cervical changes that can lead to cervical cancers, usually over a period of at least three years after infection. It's a very common virus, and in America, over 6 million people or more are infected annually. Many really nice people have the virus. It is sexually transmitted, and your doctor should be able to treat the external warts with a medication called TCA, that burns a little when you put it on, but that only lasts for a short time. It usually works pretty well, though you may need several treatments to make the warts go away. ( You will probably still have the virus in normal skin cells), so condoms are a good idea, although they don't protect you or your partner completely because they don't cover all the skin in that area.
Be sure to tell your doctor you are having bleeding after sex. That may be a separate problem, and needs to be looked into very carefully. It can be caused by an abnormal pap smear, or by other types of infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea. You need additional testing and followup to be sure what might be causing that.
Boosting your immune system with antioxidants such as vitamin C, red, yellow, and orange vegetables, folic acid, and blueberries, fish oil, flax oil, and NO SMOKING, cut out the sugar, and SLEEP at least 8 hours a day or more may help you fight off the HPV virus. Destressing as much as possible, and spending time relaxing may help also.
If you haven't been vaccinated against the HPV virus, you should ask your doctor abou it, because it may still benefit you, depending on your age.
It's a good idea to be sure you're not pregnant, use contraception until you are ready to have kids, and condoms ALWAYS until you're married, and ask any new potential sex partners how many others they have had sex with, as well as having both of you tested for all STD's BEFORE having sex. Remember, HPV isn't part of the routine testing done for STD's because there really isn't an affordable test for it yet. Your local Health Departent is a great souce for free testing, free treatment, and great information about STD's, as well as general health information.
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