I was diagnosed with condyloma in October 2009, and treated with surgical excision. Unfortunately, I had a recurrence in early December 2009 and was again treated with surgical excision and given Aldara cream to use as prophylaxis. Recently, I had my annual gyne exam, and my gynecologist verified that she did not see any new lesions either. In an attempt to put my mind at ease over this whole ordeal, she agreed to run a HPV test that would also test for HPV types 6 and 11, (the results are not back yet). During the course of treatment for condyloma, I saw two different gynecologists who provided me with differing information which has caused a lot of confusion. My questions are as follows:
1. Please define what you mean by clearance. (I looked through the forums, I didn't see a definition).
2. I understand that the HPV virus will always be in my body, hopefully at undetectable levels. If 90% of people "clear" the virus within two years, does that mean that these people never again have to deal with active condyloma lesions?
3. One gynecologist told me that once this is under control, and I test negative for HPV 6 and 11 I should not worry about ever having condyloma again. Another gynecologist told me that condyloma can be a lifelong problem, and that testing negative for HPV 6 or 11 really wouldn't mean anything because they could still continue to reoccur. Please comment.
4. I understand that RRP is very rare, but it is a concern because I would like to start a family in the next year or so. Can RRP only be transmitted to a baby if there are active lesions, or if there's ever been a history of condyloma, but no current lesions?
Thank you in advance for your time and expertise.