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Did anyone else listen to the Radio 4 Woman's Hour podcast on 6th July about the HPV vaccine and older women? I found out about it today from a Twitter post. Whilst I felt it raised some valuable points I felt it would also have been useful to inform older women that the virus can lie dormant for many years and so it is important to attend screening even if you are not sexually active at the moment or in recent years. From what I have learned there are many diviorcees and single women in their 50s who stop going for screening in the mistaken belief that they are no longer at risk. It crossed my mind not to go but then I figured they wouldn't call me for screening if it wasn't necessary. Just think what could have happened if I hadn't gone for my screening!!! Please everyone encourage your relatives and friends of my generation to keep up with their screening!!!!!
Rant over!!! Jo's Trust and the hospital staff are possibly the only things keeping me sane through this whole process. If we are going to remove the stigma of HPV there needs to be more open discussion of this and awareness that 80% of people contract it in a lifetime. I am presumably in the one in 10 people who has not cleared the virus before my treatment. It has taken a long time to process this but I think I am now there but I still don't feel like shouting it from the rooftops! Still I have hopefully extended my life expectancy by a few years which has to be a bonus. Time to get on with life...
Hope you are all coping as well as you can
1st ever abnormal smear hpv & severe high grade dyskaryosis August 2019 lletz September 2019 polyp & nabothian cyst found Results hpv & mild cell changes polyp innocent Repeat colposcopy Dec 2019 test of cure January 2020 results of test of cure; no high risk HPV present , check up colposcopy appointment in June because of the discrepancy between initial smear & lletz result - June 2020 repeat colposcopy & pap - all clear - discharged from hospital - next smear in 3 yrs