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My partner went for a routine Pap test and found out she has HPV...the kind that causes cervical cancer. I’m worried about how this could affect me. The gynecologist said that HPV can’t affect men and there aren’t any tests to see if men have it. Is that true? Will this type of HPV give me warts? Should we only have sex with a condom and no oral contact until we get the results back?
I’ve been with my boyfriend for 10 months...we were having unprotected sex until five months ago when I was diagnosed with HPV and carcinoma in situ, as well as external genital warts. After biopsy and treatment, my Pap test is normal now. My boyfriend went to the doctor and didn’t have any genital warts, but his doctor didn’t test for HPV...should he see another doctor to find out if he has HPV? The doctor also said we should use condoms and we’ve been using them, but does it matter because we didn’t use condoms for the first five months?
Can you get genital warts by borrowing an infected person’s boxers? Here’s my story: I play in rock band and we had a photoshoot a while ago. We had to dress up in boxers and silk shirts...but I was in a hurry that day and forgot my “sexy” boxers. The photographer let me borrow her husband’s boxers so I replaced mine with his and did the shoot. A month later, I wind up with some strange bumps on my genitals and the doctor says I have genital warts. Then I remember that the photographer’s husband has genital warts. Could that be the cause? My girlfriend just got a Pap and it doesn’t show anything, and she’s getting a more sensitive test soon to see if she has the virus...
I had genital warts a long time ago that were treated by a doctor. I’ve never had another outbreak. Do I still have HPV? Even though the virus seems dormant, can it recur at some time? If it is dormant, can I still pass it on to someone else?
What are the signs of HPV in men and what is the treatment for it? Also, are there other ways to contract HPV besides sexual intercourse?
I’ve had genital warts, but now they’re gone. Can I still infect others with my ejaculate?