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Offline UK_SL

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HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« on: December 06, 2009, 10:50:03 AM »
Hi, has anyone got any tips on dealing with HPV warts - I have them all over my neck and a few on my face. My clinic keeps telling me that there not dangerous and that as my CD4 gets higher they should start to go. They also advised me to stop wet shaving because I keep opening them up. I did have a couple of the larger ones frozen off but they seem to be coming back even worse.

The main thing I'm concerned about is the fact that they are very contagious and I'm worried about passing them onto my girlfriend and also they are very unsightly and I'm due to return back to work and I suppose I'm just being vain but I don't want people starring at me?
05/10/2009 ~ DIAGNOSED, CD4 = 8
22/10/2009 ~ CD4 = 11/VL = 430,000, STARTED ATRIPLA and SEPTRIN
26/11/2009 ~ CD4 = 121/VL = 840
22/12/2009 ~ CD4 = 184 (6%)/VL = 340
11/03/2010 ~ CD4 = 177 (12%)/VL = 72
01/07/2010 ~ CD4 = 247 (12%) VL = 76
20/01/2011 ~ CD4 = 350 / VL = 29

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009, 11:01:17 AM »
They are probably right that they will go away if your CD4s go up etc., but that is not a guarantee. I guess they are waiting before agreeing to freeze them off? I'm not sure about the UK but here in the US there are several over the counter products but one in particular uses a freezing technique very similar to that used in a doctor's office. It's called Dr. Scholl's Freeze Away. I have not personally used it but I'm sure you could find reviews online from people who have actually used the product.

LINK:

http://www.drscholls.com/drscholls/wartremoval/freezeaway.jsp

Apart from this product there are other over the counter remedies as well as a salicylic acid patch that is not expensive and available by Rx. It does require wearing these little white patches which might look unsightly if you have several of them.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2009, 11:03:03 AM by Inchlingblue »

Offline GNYC09

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009, 01:56:24 PM »
I had some and went to the dermatologist to have them frozen off.  It was quick and easy.  Does you clinic have a dermatologist on staff that can help you with your HPVs?  I would take care of them ASAP since they may be spread by skin-to-skin contact (I'd confirm this with your doctor).
Good luck.

Offline chguy78

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2009, 08:37:51 PM »
I had several warts frozen off since my diagnosis and they haven't come back yet.  Don't bother with the OTC products: I tried them for years with little success.  Three trips to the dermatologist got rid of all mine for the time being.
01/11: CD4=753 (36%), VL=Undetectable
07/10: CD4=531 (33%), VL=Undetectable
04/10: CD4=746 (33%), VL=Undetectable
01/10: CD4=566 (35%), VL=Undetectable
10/09: CD4=436 (31%), VL=405
07/09: CD4=631 (27%), VL=847
06/09: Started: Truvada, Reyataz, Norvir
05/09: CD4=426 (28%), VL=38,300
04/09: Positive; CD4=466 (28%), VL=39,700
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Offline buffaloboy

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009, 07:17:56 PM »
It's possible to remove warts from anywhere on the body using cider apple vinegar (CAP). You rub the wart, gently but firmly, with a cotton bud that's been soaked in CAP and in a few minutes the wart should dissolve.  There's likely to be some blood so you'll need to hold some clean tissue to the area to stem the flow (Some people suggest applying Vaseline to the area around the wart in order to protect healthy skin before applying the CAP).

There will be a slight 'pit' where the wart has been removed from, but within a week or so, the skin should be back to normal. Take care to avoid the area with things like facial scrubs, razors, over-zealous rubbing with a towel, and even moisturisers, when the area is healing as this will slow down the process.

As for over the counter products, I've not had any experience with them, but my understanding was that they should not be used on the face as they can cause permanent chemical burns. Further, some people report a poor efficacy rate using OTC products to remove warts.

And lastly, no type of removal can guarantee that the wart won't return, either in the same area or somewhere else. A strong immune system is the best hope of keeping warts at bay.


Offline actupts

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009, 03:04:22 AM »
As someone who has had almost continuous problems with warts since my diagnosis in 1993, I sympathize.

I would suggest that you ask your doctor to prescribe Aldara (imiquimod) cream.  I have had good luck using it on warts after they were frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Unlike the salicylic acid, Aldara works by stimulating the immune response in the area to which it is applied.  The liquid nitrogen destroys the structure of the wart, and the Aldara stimulates your immune system to destroy the remaining HPV-infected cells and prevent the wart's return.  While it is approved for genital warts, it is prescribed for other warts as well.

Because it is rather expensive, many clinics hesitate to prescribe or recommend it.  I was able to get it prescribed by showing that my Medicare Part D plan, and not the Ryan White program, would cover the cost.


Offline GNYC09

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009, 06:32:17 PM »
It's possible to remove warts from anywhere on the body using cider apple vinegar (CAP). You rub the wart, gently but firmly, with a cotton bud that's been soaked in CAP and in a few minutes the wart should dissolve.  There's likely to be some blood so you'll need to hold some clean tissue to the area to stem the flow (Some people suggest applying Vaseline to the area around the wart in order to protect healthy skin before applying the CAP).

There will be a slight 'pit' where the wart has been removed from, but within a week or so, the skin should be back to normal. Take care to avoid the area with things like facial scrubs, razors, over-zealous rubbing with a towel, and even moisturisers, when the area is healing as this will slow down the process.

As for over the counter products, I've not had any experience with them, but my understanding was that they should not be used on the face as they can cause permanent chemical burns. Further, some people report a poor efficacy rate using OTC products to remove warts.

And lastly, no type of removal can guarantee that the wart won't return, either in the same area or somewhere else. A strong immune system is the best hope of keeping warts at bay.

This sounds a bit unbelievable to me. But I could be wrong.  Have you used Apple Cider Vinegar to get rid of warts yourself?  Just curious...

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2009, 07:04:43 PM »
This sounds a bit unbelievable to me. But I could be wrong.  Have you used Apple Cider Vinegar to get rid of warts yourself?  Just curious...



I saw this method mentioned in the forums once before.  When my Cd4's were below 200, I had issues with them but then they went away on their own.  That damn apple cider vinegar method sounds a bit sadistic to me.... however, I do give my dreads an apple cider vinegar rinse once a month and I never have any warts on them so it might just be the real deal. ;)
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Offline buffaloboy

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Re: HPV Warts - Best way of dealing with them??
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2009, 04:05:44 PM »
This sounds a bit unbelievable to me. But I could be wrong.  Have you used Apple Cider Vinegar to get rid of warts yourself?  Just curious...


Yes, I have it used it on myself and it worked like a charm.  To be honest, I was amazed at just how quickly the wart dissolved - and it's not returned either.  If you Google 'Warts Cider apple vinegar' then you'll find loads of sites which discuss this, and other methods, using CAP.

''That damn apple cider vinegar method sounds a bit sadistic to me...''

It was far less 'sadistic' than having them frozen off which I've experienced in the past which resulted in extremely painful ulceration of the affected area. It was also a huge time-saver since I didn't have to make multiple trips to the clinic to have them dealt with.

The way I see it is that you have very little to lose. CAP is only about 1 in the supermarket so try it, and if it doesn't work for you then you can always revert to conventional methods.

 


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