Can I get HPV again with my same boyfriend?

by Rachel on May 23, 2011

I’m almost 98% sure my boyfriend that I’m with now, is the one that gave me HPV. We plan on being with each other for a long time, can I still have sex without/with condom with him and not keep contracting the disease? Or once I have it, I have it and I cant keep getting it? Since I heard it goes away after awhile in guys and sometimes girls.

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CT May 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Think of it like luggage….

You keep it forever…… No – the infection will clear on its own, but after that you have the anti-bodies just as if you had been given the vaccine.

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You are fine.

irishbarfight May 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Once you’ve got it, you’ve got it for life. It’ll never “go away”, but rather you’ll have flare-ups here and there. And you’ll have to be extra vigilant about going to your OB/GYN to get pap smears, as HPV makes it MUCH more likely that you’ll contract Cervical Cancer one day.

cathy_white27 May 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Once you are infected, you will have it for life. You need to be tested for which type you have, some can be cancerous.

Most are not cancerous and can be treated by prescription.

See you Doctor and get tested.

adfadf May 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

You already have HPV so it doesn’t really matter if you get it again, so there really isn’t any reason to wear a condom when you are with him. But if you think your boyfriend has any other STD’s then stick with the condom!
And for the whole HPV going away, go get your cervix examined and see if your HPV is gone (because you are right, HPV can sometimes disappear in women) and then decide what you have to do. Also a little communication about your worry to the boyfriend would be a nice thing to do.

angiola May 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

you still will always have the strain you got – it does NOT mean you are immune to every single HPV strain out there (there are many different strains!)

i recommend getting the gardasil vaccine to prevent getting other strains.

Windy May 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

You never get rid of HPV. It’s a virus that stays dormant in the nerve cells. Occasionally, it will get set off by a trigger, like stress, etc. Some people never have it again, some have it and can’t see to get rid of it. It is very easily passed on with any kind of contact so even oral sex is tricky.

There are so many different strains of the virus. One strain now has a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. With a virus, it’s hard to say because the mutate and change shape. Think of chicken pox and the virus changing and showing up as shingles. Make sure you go to your doctor and have the warts treated. This will help so you don’t touch one of the warts and transfer it to another part of your body or someone elses.

Swan May 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm

if you’ve tested positive it never goes away.

Mom of 1 with 1 on the way! May 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Once you have it you have it, you can’t get rid of it but yes you can pass it. The guys are the carriers (yet it does nothing to them, they just kind of give it to other girls more or less). If your boyfriend already has it (witch he can’t be tested for it to see) you can have unprotected sex, its up to you and him and how you both feel about it.

HPV is more common then you think.

taliashy May 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Viruses do not go away they can and cannot remain dormant in your body for a long time. I’m not sure if you mean the symptoms?

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