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Good afternoon, I am Dr Ruff, thank you for contacting us today
I am sorry to hear what you have been through. The HPV is not cancerous, it is just associated with causing dysplastic cervical cells, these then have a future risk of becoming cancerous. This is why they are removed. Therefore HPV itself is not treated, however if you have dysplastic cells then these cells are removed and treated. The HPV just means you have a more regular smear due to the higher risk of dysplastic cells. It spontaneously resolves and 90% or people are thought to have it at some point.
They probably used a small amount of acid to treat them. But if they were low grade they do sometimes wait to see if they resolve.
Typically HPV resolves without any form of treatment, it is more likely it becomes dormant, but rare it would become active again.
It is therefore not considered a sexual transmitted infection such as Chlamydia. But a normal process of have sex with another partner.
There is no treatment of HPV itself, the treatment is to the cells it changes. This is why children are now vaccinated against certain types of HPV to reduce this from happening.
That is the assumption, yes, but if you have HPV and your partner and you are in a stable relationship, then it is likely you both have had it.
It is rare that it reactivates again, a further subtype would only likely be introduced if you were to have a new sexual partner.
Yes, regarding the 90%. I really would not be worried, the risk is only perceived to you in regard to cervical cancer. Therefore do not worry about your partner.
That is my pleasure, all the best.