Stress and HPV
I was told a week ago that my last pap smear detected HPV. I don't have warts. At least, I haven't had any yet and my partner hasn't had any, so I'm assuming (and praying) that I have a type that doesn't cause warts. Anyway, the real reason for this post is this: I read the other day that in most women, HPV never causes any health problems, but that stress can actually cause it to rear its ugly head. And that you could have been exposed to it years before it is ever actually found. That's almost a breath of fresh air to me. I knew you could have it for years before it showing up and that it doesn't always cause health problems in women and almost never in men(unless you have genital warts), but I did not know that an increase of stress could cause it to show up. That makes a lot of sense to me now. I've been dealing with a very stressful event in my life over the past few months. So, maybe that's why it decided to show up now. Maybe I've had it for years. Just wanted to put that out there, just in case no one had read that. I found that very informative. I've been educating my friends on HPV since I found out I had it. Also, if anyone else has any interesting or helpful information on the subject, I'd love to hear it. I want to know everything I can about HPV.