Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - Sara's Story
In this episode, Sara opens up about her recent diagnosis of HPV. She explains the steps she took to get diagnosed and the various health implications of the disease. Despite her affliction, Sara is on a path towards recovery as she introduces exercise and Buddhism into her life. This is Sara's story.
I recently was, and this is quite personal, but hey why not. I was diagnosed with HPV with my pap smear which is a sexually transmitted disease.
It can come from a long time in the past or recent. The problem is that there are no tests to stipulate what kind you have, so its a matter of time.
You know, if you get positive HPV, then you have to go to a gynecologist and then they take a sample of the cells in the cervix to see if there is any abnormal growth and I was cleared from that. But yea, I was - how I felt, I didn't feel good and also you know, it's hard to get rid of the stereotype that you might be a promiscuous person if you get it; how do you talk about those things with your potential partners, right, that's the big issue.
I mean, HPV is one example that I'm sure that there are a lot of other sexually transmitted diseases that people just do not know how to talk about because I have never heard anybody telling me they have a sexually transmitted disease and probably somebody does, right.
Those are the issues regarding health that really come to the forefront and with each one I feel that yoga and riding a bicycle helps you to deal with everything and also to improve the immune system, right, to fight a lot of stuff.
There is such an interesting connection between the mind and the body and if you combine it with reading a little bit about [Buddhism] it helps you to live better, to get less cranky, to try to understand other people especially when it's most impossible to understand anyone or yourself.