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Correlating HPV and P
Hello, I just stumbled upon your website. I have often wondered about the correlation of HPV and P. I was diagnosed with P when I was 18. I was diagnosed with HPV around 26, although it is quite possible I was infected with HPV when I was 18. I have had many problems with cervical dysplasia as a result of this HPV. I have had to have several procedures done to remove the bad cells on my cervix.
I have thought for some time that there is a link, as it seems the times when my Paps were abnormal were when I was having the worst flare-ups from psoriasis.
I now make an effort to eat better, exercise more frequently, drink plenty of water, and take a daily vitamin. My psoriasis is practically non-existent, and my Paps have been normal for over a year now. Something can really be said about taking care of yourself properly!
I would love to see statistics on how many people have both P and HPV. I'm betting the number is high. I brought the subject up to the National Psoriasis Foundation once and the email response I received said that while the thought was interesting, there really wasn't any data to back it up. Might be something worth investigating! -Tami V.
following excerpted from WebMd ...
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test
A human papillomavirus (HPV) test is done to detect an HPV infection and determine the type of HPV present. An HPV test checks for the genetic material (DNA) of the human papillomavirus. Like a Pap test, an HPV test is done on a sample of cells collected from the cervix.
There are many types of HPV. Some types cause common, plantar, filiform, or flat warts. Other types cause genital warts, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects men and women.
In women, high-risk types of HPV (such as types 16, 18, 31, and 45) cause changes in the cells of the cervix that can be seen as abnormal changes on a Pap test. Abnormal cervical cell changes may resolve on their own without treatment. However, some untreated cervical cell changes can progress to serious abnormalities and may lead to cervical cancer.
Ed’s Response: Thanks for providing the possible correlation, Tami. My take on P has always been slightly off the medical norm (or scientific) in that I think things that can trigger P are probably more abundant than what’s currently “proven.” Can one or more forms of HPV be P triggers? I’m more than willing to assume they can. -Ed