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Posted: 4/29/2003

It happens to the best of us-

I was almost 20 years old when I had a brief sexual encounter with this one man. I had just gotten out of a serious relationship and was sort of bouncing back from it. Well nothing happened immediately to me.I never noticed anything unusual until about 2 months later.But by that time I was venturing into a great new relationship with a wonderful man. Then I noticed it. I knew it wasn't from my new boyfriend but then again....Well about a month later I was positive with HPV. I got Aldara cream which was sheer fire to me but it worked so I was happy. Then I noticed places on my new boyfriend. Pure fear flew through my heart. I blamed myself and told him what he probably was afflicted with. It was tough but he dealt with it. We are still together-3 years later-but he never has thought of it as a serious health issue. But now I am really scared because I think I have them in my throat. When I initially got diagnosed I showed the nurse the back of my tongue which had raised or inflamed looking taste buds. She blew it off asking if I ate something spicy the night before-which I had. So she said I shouldn't worry about it. But 3 years later the bumps are there still and I think they have spread down my throat. I'm really scared because I dont want cancer and I dont want to pass this disease to my potential future child. I dont know how to ask a doctor, who to ask or what procedures they will do to me. I do know though, that my female doctor is looking out for me with the whole cervical cancer thing. That's the only positive thing I know. 75% of the population of the US are carriers but not all are physically noticeable. Basically, I think that this is the hardest thing I've had to deal with because my family doesn't and won't know about this awful mistake I have made and how bad I feel. I can't do this to them. But I'm coping and keeping myself up to date with new information.

Comments:

6/14/2003 - Kate
Don't worry! I went to Urgent Care
once terrified with the large bumps in
my throat...turns out they're normal
tastebuds (in a consistent V-shape) in
the back of one's throat. I just had
never noticed them. I bet that's
what's going on with you. A quick
Dr.'s visit, though, can save you a ton
of worrying!

7/28/2003 8:42:49 PM - JJ
I'm so sorry to hear of your worries.
I hope everything works out for you.
This is a tricky evil virus and I
really hope those damn vaccines
they're working on are only a few
years away like they are claiming.

8/5/2003 5:53:35 PM - pixie
my preys are with you and the strighth
to help you through this as well as
everyone else..Honestly I thought by me
telling my parents they would be
ashamed.But to my releif my step mom
also has what I have.And both of my
parents are there for my support.

10/8/2003 11:59:17 PM -
Im a 20 year old male.Iwill be 21 next
Friday,October 17.I dont know exactly
how long I've had this virus Who I got
it from I believe that I was 19 when I
got it.This virus hurts worse than
anything .Im single with no kids, this
is the exact opposite of what I
want.yesterday morning while brushing
my teeth b/4 work i noticed big bumps
on the back of my tongue and Im soo
scared i dont know if they will go away
and i dont know what 2 do.MY HEART GOES
OUT 2 U


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