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Hi, need some answers about HPV.I saw a gynecologist who said the 3 warts I have are signal of HPV. I think my ex husband gave it to me. Now I have a new husband and we are very faithful to each other. Need to know if he is probably infected by me, if I can give the infection to my children just by hugging and kissing them. I read that the warts type is the least worrying but Im having a new pap done. My last pap was in 2013 and it was ok.I only have three warts and Im using a cream to get rid of them, when they will disappear and that will mean that Im free from the virus? Please somebody answer this. Im worried specially about my new husband, I dont know what a HPV virus can cause in a man. Does he need to see a doctor? Can we keep reinfecting each other? i also feel very worried and very sad . It is two years since i believe I have been infected and only now I saw the three warts and went to the doctor.I have been with only my husband since them. many thanks for any help, Im sad.

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replied June 26th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

A person can have HPV for many years before it is found or causes health problems. So there is no way to know if your partner gave you HPV, or if you gave HPV to your partner. HPV should not be seen as a sign that you or your partner is having sex outside of your relationship.

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat. Most people who become infected with HPV do not even know they have it. At least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives.

HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.

The tests for STDs done did not include tests for HPV. This is due to the fact that there is no general test for men or women to check for the HPV status (either genital or oral). Currently available tests for HPV (PAP Smear) do not detect all possible serotypes. They only detect specific subtypes which are commonly associated with cervical cancer.

Hence currently only the PAP smear can be used to screen women for possible cervical epithelial changes that occur long after the infection has occurred. Abnormal changes on your cervix are likely caused by HPV. The changes may be minor (low-grade) or serious (highgrade). Most of the time, minor changes go back to normal on their own. But more serious changes can turn into cancer if they are not removed.

Presence of bumps or warts on the genitalia can be signs of HPV infection. Because genital warts may be easily passed on to sex partners and also infect areas not covered by a condom, you should avoid sexual activity until the warts are gone or removed.

HPV infection in men over time can result in genital warts, cancers of the oropharynx, anus and the penis. Currently there are no tests that are approved for testing for HPV in men. Options to reduce the risk of HPV infection are available in the form of HPV vaccine (Gardasil). This vaccine works by preventing four common HPV types, two that cause most genital warts and two that cause cancers, including anal cancer. It protects against new HPV infections; it does not cure existing HPV infections or disease (like genital warts). It is most effective when given before a person’s first sexual contact (i.e.,before exposure to HPV).

There is no treatment which can cure the HPV infection. But there are treatments for the warts or abnormal cervical cells, which can be destroyed or removed. Treating abnormal cells will stop them from growing into cancer.

In your case, since you have been with your current husband for some time it is possible that he might already be infected and may be asymptomatic. If he does not have any issues like warts, etc then there is no need to panic. He can get the HPV vaccine after due consultation with a doctor.

I hope this helps.
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