Do i need to use protection with my partner after being treated for HPV?

by Rachel on April 15, 2011

Im being treated for HPV and my partner and i wanted to know if we can still have sex after the process. Were engaged and hes worried we cant have kids and etc etc

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Kiara April 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including genital ulcer diseases. While the effect of condoms in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer, an HPV-associated disease.

Rachell April 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

There really is no such thing as “safe” sex. The only truly effective way to prevent STDs is abstinence. Sex in the context of a monogamous relationship wherein neither party is infected with a STD also is considered “safe.” Most people think that kissing is a safe activity. Unfortunately, syphilis, herpes, and other infections can be contracted through this relatively simple and apparently harmless act. All other forms of sexual contact carry some risk. Condoms are commonly thought to protect against STDs. Condoms are useful in decreasing the spread of certain infections, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea; however, they do not fully protect against other infections such as genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and AIDS. Prevention of the spread of STDs is dependent upon the counseling of at-risk individuals and the early diagnosis and treatment of infections.

tarnishedsilverheart April 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

If you engaged in sex with your partner before you were diagnosed your partner most probably shares your HPV type or types.

Most studies show that HPV is not ping ponged back and forth between partners, most people build immunity to their acquired HPV type or types. It may take a year or two to build this immunity…and you and your partner may not build it at the same time frame.

Using condoms has been shown to help the virus regress and has been shown to aid in healing of the cervix. Using condoms for six month to a year may help…but no studies have shown where long term use of condoms in a committed monogamous relationship helped.

Right now give your body some healing time. When the time comes that you want to become pregnant talk with your doctor about your past HPV infection. Most women don’t have any problems due to a past infection…but your doctor will give you the information you need. It is very rare that the virus is past form mother to child during vaginal delivery.

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