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    Have you been tested for HPV -human pappiloma virus? Because researchers believe this virus is the one responsible for almost all cases of cervical cancer. Often HPV is a subclinical infection that doesn't cause any particular symptoms, so women may not know they are infected with the virus. Even some gynecologists and family practice doctors are not well-informed about the HPV - cervical cancer connection, so you may need to get the facts and then push your doctor for the test. There are more than 100 types of HPV, but most are "low-risk", meaning they are not likely to lead to cancer or other serious illness. Others are "high-risk". HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 have been all been linked to cervical cancer. These high-risk HPVs may also be linked to increased risk of other cancers such as bladder cancer. You can go to this link for more information -
    womenshealth.about.com/cs/cervicalcancer/a/hpvcervcancercn.htm

    You might want to print out some information to take to your doctor. But any woman with cervical dysplasia or an abnormal Pap test needs to educate herself about HPV, so you know what tests to ask for, and whether you have an increased risk for developing cervical cancer.

    Women 26 and under should also ask about being vaccinated against HPV - there is an FDA approved vaccine already available to prevent certain types of high risk HPV infection - and other vaccines are in the works. Since women with impaired immune systems may be especially vulnerable to viral infections, it's very important to talk to your doctor about HPV.

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    Mary,

    You are an utterly amazing women. An encyclopedia full of medical knowledge. I am glad to know you. Thank you, and yes I have been diagnosed with HPV. A most common diagnosis these days in women. I am not worried about this however. Lupus worries me more as my Lupus is so darn unpredicable and NOT curable.

    Thanks again Mary...you are truely an inspiration to all.

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    Hi, Missdeb - thank you for the kind words. I appreciate them. But I worry that both we and our doctors sometimes get so focused on the lupus that we develop "tunnel vision" and forget women are at risk for other health problems too. Even though I have both CNS and kidney involvement with my lupus, it was the problem that didn't get much attention from my doctors - osteoporosis - that has caused the most pain and disability. So I always try to get everyone to pay equal attention to other health issues too.

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    I read the Imuran in particular may increase risk for shingles. Has anyone else read/heard that? I just started on Imuran a week or so ago (am also on plaquenil, prednisone and neurontin...just stopped taking methotrexate.)
    "If you trust Google more than you trust your doctor than maybe it's time to switch doctors."

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    Negative for HPV here.

    Just some interesting things I have come across:

    Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)has been linked to other types of cancer although not cervical. EBV is a herpes virus, most of you probably know it causes mono, but it can go dormant in your B-cells, it can also cause a chronic disease with mono type symptoms. It is now believed that EBV is not as benign as it once was thought to be.

    The virus that causes shingles is also a herpes virus, herpes zoster, which has gone dormant in your nerves and can be reactivated in those with depressed immune function, and/or those under stress.

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    Yes - the shingles virus is the same one that causes chickenpox - so if you've never had chickenpox, you can't get shingles. And someone who has never had chicken pox can contract it from someone with shingles. So maybe as more people are vaccinated against chickenpox, shingles will become less common.

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    Hello all -

    My sister also has Lupus and she had chiken pox when all us kids did - I think she was 4. However, after Lupus dx and during grad school, she got a nasty case of shingles. I think she was on plaquenil, but I don't know what else at the time.

    FYI, she also has had the cervical dysplasia.........
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    I have never read anywhere that plaquenil affects immune function, either positively or negatively. Anyone else on that one?

    I didn't get shingles until I was off the plaquenil for about 3 months.

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    Default I get chicken pox and shingles

    I have had chicken pox about 4 times now.It wasn't even when my lupus was acting up. I have numerous bouts of shingles. Whenever I get sun burn it will turn into shingles. One time I got shingles from being stressed. My chicken pox are not sore but the shingles sure are! My Grandmmother had sjogrens/lupus and she would get shingles also.
    Kathleen Gardo

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