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Hi doctor, I recently had a pap test where I was told I have the risk of having cervical cancer because of a HPV. Is it a sexually transmitted disease?


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Sorry to hear that. I should tell you that cervical cancer is indeed a sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by HPV. Note that there are 40 different types of HPV known and each one of them cause different sexually transmitted disease also. For example, a HPV which causes a cervical cancer would never cause genital warts and vice versa. Also, in your case in the test it was told to you that you wear a risk of getting infected with cervical cancer. I must tell you that at present there is no way one would be able to find that whether or not you will be having cervical cancer in the future because no test can be conducted on the HPVs. However there are medications to cure the disease later.

As mentioned since cervical cancer is sexually transmitted disease, I must tell you how it is spread. When two partners that are sexually active have intercourse with one another without using any kind of protection, then there is certainly risk of getting affected by cervical cancer in the case of females. The reason behind this is that when there is unprotected sex then there is always genital to genital contact. This increases the possibility of transferring the HPV virus. Also if there is a sexual intercourse with an already infected person then no one can rule out the risk of getting HPV causing cervical cancer. I your case I don’t know whether it was genital contact or sex with an already infected person. You should visit a doctor and tell him about your problem and get proper medication as early as possible. Take care. 


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MD - New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship, Family Medicine - Lutheran Medical Center
Residency, Family Medicine - The Mount Sinai Hospital
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