• 4 months ago

    HPV-18?

    Hi, I recently did one of those at home STD kits where you swab yourself, send it back and then get the results. I wanted to be thorough and did the "anal" kit and it tested positive for HPV-18. I was negative for HPV-16 and "Other High-Risk HPV" - only positive for HPV-18. I'm very confused by what my results mean - the only definitive information I seem to find is that it "may cause cancer and genital warts". I've also read that "there is no test to find out a person’s 'HPV status.'" - so I'm confused as to how this could even be offered by an at-home kit. Tons of information exists about getting the vaccine - but I can't seem to find anything about what to do if you have it - other than use protection. I guess that's really all you can do - but I feel like I need a bit more.

    Any help is appreciated!


    Interesting note - I was negative for all other STIs - Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes Virus I and II and I regularly get tested for HIV by my normal physician. I know they're all unrelated - I just think it's interesting.

    Thanks,
    AM

Responses

  • 4 months ago

    RE: HPV-18?

    Hi I found you this little bit of info, which should calm you down, I hope.

    The median clearance times for HPV-16 and HPV-18, the predominant types associated with anal cancer, were 132 days and 212 days, respectively. Nonviral factors that delayed clearance of anal HPV included douching, long-term tobacco smoking, and anal sex.

    Conclusions. The majority of anal HPV infections resolve in a relatively short time. Although anal HPV is commonly acquired in healthy women, its rapid clearance suggests limited efficacy of HPV testing as an anal cancer screening tool.

    Hope it helps you.

    NOWHARD
      • 4 months ago
        : Appreciate the response. I guess it ultimately means that I should now get regular screenings for anal cancer as well?