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3 years ago I received an HPV positive Pap smear result with abnormal cells during my routine annual Pap. I was an otherwise healthy 25 year old who had been getting regular Pap’s for a few years. My OBGYN explained that first they would do a Colposcopy to look more at the cells. After coming back abnormal again, I scheduled a LEEP procedure. For this I would be under anesthesia and the doctor would scrape off some of the abnormal cells. I then began going to my OBGYN every 6 months. I also started the Gardasil vaccine, which is 3 shots over a year that is for the prevention of certain strands of HPV. I remember in high school my PCP really passing over whether or not to get this vaccine, and with it being fairly new at the time, I did not get it.
1 year after that I received another HPV positive with abnormal cells test result. The doctor recommended another Colposcopy, which came back clear of further abnormal cells and I returned to receiving a yearly Pap.
Today, I had my first clear Pap since this happened! Throughout this, I also made some lifestyle changes, incorporating more “Immune Boosting” foods into my diet as the immune system is what fights off HPV.