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Jul 12, 2010 anonymous commented on SL Letter of the Day: Career Counseling.
Calvin, I adore you.
Jul 3, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
@87--I mostly agree with you. However, in women the HPV virus lives ON the cervix, and you can get rid of all the abnormal cells and CAN (not always) get rid of the virus after a LEEP. The way my gynecologist explained it to me was that when your body is trying to repair itself after a LEEP, it can actually purge the virus from your system. As for a pap and what it tests for, you're right, it does look for abnormal cells on a woman's cervix, but my gynecologist told me I had HPV BEFORE I ever had an abnormal cells after a pap. And I was told the exact strain I had. That's what I know. I agree with you, boys should be vaccinated too.

@86--I don't think what you're saying about having the antibodies is true. In fact, my gynecologist said I really should get the vaccine after it's approved for women over 26. I didn't just magically "purge" it from my system and then one day test negative. I had a LEEP and burned the infected cells off of my cervex.
Jul 2, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
@77--And by the way, I've gone to 3 different doctors trying to get the vaccine and offering to pay outright (including Planned Parenthood), and no one will give it to me. Glad you got someone to give it to you, but that didn't work for me.
Jul 2, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
@77-- I DO know which kind ("nor will you ever"???) Umm, my gynecologist showed me exactly which cancer-causing strain I had (and it IS one of the strains in the vaccine). And I'm pretty sure it's GONE. Do your research! I DID. And I will complain. It's wrong not to cover older women as well. It could prevent deaths. And again, I say do your research, because it's very possible to contract HPV even though you wear condoms (which OF COURSE I wear). And I get paps. I guess if you haven't been there, you really don't understand why it's a big deal. Either way, it's a big deal to ME.
Jul 1, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
Uh, yeah, I do "comprende." But the thing is, I don't have it anymore. Your body can completely purge it from your system after a LEAP (look it up). The infected cells are ONLY on the cervix. I've been checked two times and I don't have it. So IT WOULD WORK for me.

Comprende?
Jul 1, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
I already posted this, but it never went up, so:

I know this has been slightly covered already, but regarding your answer to DBTR, unless his lady friend is 26 or younger, she probably can't get the vaccine. No one will give it to me.

It's bullshit.

I had HPV and the "almost-cancer" that can come with it. Then I had it burned off of my cervix (literally), and now it's gone--I'm HPV free. But to be honest, I'm a little afraid to start having sex again. . . the whole thing was a very unpleasant experience that I don't EVER want to go through again. Unfortunately for me, I'm 31, and apparently the FDA or the makers of Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) don't think anyone over the age of 26 still has a sex life.
Jul 1, 2009 anonymous commented on Savage Love.
Okay, I haven't read all 50 comments, so I apologize if this has been covered. I wanted to let you know regarding your answer to the second letter from DBTR, Dan, that the HPV vaccine is only approved in women UP TO age 26.

It's bullshit.

I had HPV and the "almost cancer" that can come with it, and had the bad cells burned off my cervix. Now it's gone, but I'm a bit afraid to get it on again. . . that was a very unpleasant experience, and I don't EVER want to go through it again. Unfortunately for me, I'm 31 and apparently the FDA or the makers of Gardisil (the HPV vaccine) think people over age 26 don't have sex lives.

It's bullshit! So unless DBTR's lady-friend is 26 or younger, she's as out of luck as I am.