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I am happy to inform you that your fears are misplaced.
Although HPV infection of the throat can lead to esophageal cancer, it takes years to do so and you would have symptoms of HPV infection much before that - chronic dry cough, irritation in the throat.
If you had exposure in the teens and are now 40 years old without any symptoms, then you can safely rule out the increased risk of esophageal or any other cancer due to HPV.
If your smear was negative in 2018, there can be two possibilities:
- Either you picked up the virus after 2018
- The test result was wrong.
The HPV would have been picked up even if it had been dormant for years.
It is very uncommon for dormant HPV to be missed.
No, I do not think that this increases the risk.
If it was active for only 3 years, you are not at risk.
if it was first diagnosed in 2018, the you have probably had it since then and this does not increase your risks.
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