How long before a man gets HPV symptoms?

by Rachel on January 28, 2011

So I had unprotected sex with this girl three years ago. A couple of weeks after we slept together she contacted me and told me that she had HPV and that she believed that she got it from someone she slept with before she slept with me.

Is it possible that I might have the HPV virus and not have any symptoms after three years? How long does it usually take for guys to display any symptoms?

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Crystal G January 28, 2011 at 12:39 am

The only kind you would need to worry about is the wart kind, if you contracted it you would get symptoms only a few weeks after you had sex.

You could be a carrier and potentially infect a girl in the future. Unfortunately HPV is spread skin to skin contact, so you could potentially give it to a girl even with protected sex if you are a carrier.

I would not worry about it too much though. 50 percent of sexually active people have it or have been exposed to the disease. That is why women have to get regular pap smears. So as long as your potential mate gets regular paps that even if you are a carrier, she will be protected. January 28, 2011 at 1:08 am

According to the CDC this is what they say: Most people with HPV do not develop symptoms or health problems from it. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years. But there is no way to know which people who get HPV will go on to develop cancer or other health problems.

Sometimes, certain types of HPV can cause genital warts in males and females. Rarely, these types can also cause warts in the throat — a condition called recurrent respiratory papillomatosis or RRP. Other HPV types can cause normal cells in the body to turn abnormal, and might lead to cancer over time. These HPV types can cause cervical cancer and other, less common cancers, including cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and head and neck (tongue, tonsils and throat).

The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause cancer.

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