Has anyone been tested HPV positive after giving birth?

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I have a 3 year old son and just gave birth to my daughter who is now 12 weeks old. When I went to my 6 week post partum visit, a pap smear was done and abnormal cells were found. My doctor also ran an HPV test and they told me the results came back as HPV positive. I went back just last week (12 weeks post partum) for a colposcopy and abnormal cells were still seen so biopsy was performed... I am still waiting on the results.

I am wondering if I should believe everything the doctor says? I have read that some women's results are wrong especially after giving vaginal birth... for me, my daughter was my VBAC since my son was born via c-section.

Is it possible to test HPV positive and that the results are wrong? I just feel like everything was rushed after my pap smear came back abnormal. I've never had an abnormal pap smear and the one time I do, the doctors rush to perform a colposcopy and take a biopsy...Now that a biopsy has been taken... I'm not sure how to proceed once I hear the results...

I would like to hear other stories...


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Thanks Raye and MaryAnn - you're right that no one discusses HPV in our society. I just wished that people talked more about it so that others such as myself can be more informed. I have always been up-to-date with my check-ups and never really knew about it until I was told that I was HPV positive.

But to provide an update - my biopsy results came back and it turns out I only have a mild case of dysplasia. I am so relieved. My goal is to do what I can to speed up the process. Doctor says that continuing breastfeeding is fine and will not impact my recovery. She recommended a daily multivitamin to help boost my immune system (especially antioxidants and folic), incorporate exercise, no smoking. She also said resuming intimacy will have no impact on the recovery time frame.

MaryAnn - posted on 02/02/2016




HPV is a thing we dont discuss a lot about in our society. In addition to what Raye said, the vbac or birth may have nothing to do with. Some strains of hpv can be spread by shaking hands. The vaccinations are for strains that cause cancer- most strains dont. Ask your doctor for more information

Raye - posted on 02/02/2016




Nearly 90% of women will contract some kind of HPV in their lifetime, and many don't even know it. It generally clears within two years, and may not have any symptoms.

The risk of HPV transmission to the baby during childbirth is very low, even if you have a strain that is higher risk for cancer or even if you have HPV related genital warts (which you didn't mention, so I assume not). Even if babies do get the HPV virus, their bodies usually clear the virus on their own.

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