When I got the news about my CIN 3 (highest grade HPV) results last Summer, I found this podcast extremely enlightening in educating listeners about what HPV is, de-stigmatizing it, and helping women understand what the HPV tests and treatments are for and what results mean. For parents, this podcast is extremely interesting in the areas of learning how HPV is spread and likelihood of contracting it with/without the vaccine. She also goes into detail about pros and cons with your vaccination options.
A few show notes:
1) This was recorded several years ago so you will notice there’s a discrepancy between statistics Dr. Harper uses and ones I used in my Facebook post. Time has passed and that is why. :)
2) You’ll notice that Dr. Harper tells the hosts that the chances of CIN3 becoming cervical cancer are extremely low—around 20%. They both breathe a sigh of relief. But then, Dr. Harper ramps up the fear and urgency again and tells them “Yes relax, but also don’t.” Keep getting tested, don’t let it go and ignore it for years. My personal doctor told me that the older you are, the less likely it is that your body will fight off HPV at CIN2 or CIN3 level. (Basically, after age 30).
3) HPV LITERALLY tricks your body into misreading your own DNA. How crazy is that?!