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I had a smear in July 2016 which showed no cell changes (but I understand the test didn't include a check to see if I was HPV positive) and then another smear in December 2019 that showed I am high-risk HPV positive with low grade dyskariosis.
I had a colposcopy in February 2020 that was inconclusive and another at the beginning of August 2020 that showed I no longer have cell changes (yay) but am still high-risk HPV positive (boo).
In the best case scenario, I could have got the HPV from my last partner who I met about two years ago (this is semi-likely because I haven't had unprotected sex with anyone else). This would mean I have had it for at least 2 years and not got rid of it. The other thought is I could have been carrying high risk HPV for longer than that and my body hasn't got rid of it for even longer (and in 2016 I just happened not to have cell changes present).
I was never vaccinated because I was offered the vaccine during exam season at school and a nurse told me not to get it because it would make me drowsy - definitely regretting that!
I am really concerned about this in various ways so I will list my questions and grateful for any insight:
1) Is the fact that I have no cell changes any more a sign that my body's immune system is getting rid of the HPV or can the cell changes come and go?
2) What percentage of people who have a high-risk HPV strain get rid of it?
3) If I have had it for at least 2 years, am I likely to ever get rid of it? (I am 29 and a bit overweight)
4) Is there anything I can do to improve my body's chance of fighting it off? I am willing to try anything.
5) I have been told I have a high-risk variety. Is there anyway I can find out which strain I have specifically?
6) If I find out what strain I have, can I get a vaccine for the other strains? My doctor suggested I do some research on if a vaccine would help and they they would then help me source it.
7) Do I need to tell future partners I have HPV/should I wait until I have got rid of HPV to find another partner? (I'm thinking about this in the vein that I have a strain that causes a high-risk of getting cancer)
8) Can I pass it on through kissing?
9) If my immune system never gets rid of it, what are the rammifications? Is it basically saying that at some point in the future I will get some level of cancer?
Thoughts on one/a few/all of these questions welcomed.