If you have HPV that is NOT the warts type, is it possible to give your partner HPV the warts kind?

by Rachel on April 8, 2011

I have no symptoms of HPV Ive done all the tests and my doctor checked and everything but she still says its possible I have HPV but could I have given it to my boyfriend and him develop warts from me not even having warts? Sources of possible please?

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Sfsi April 8, 2011 at 8:00 am


It’s often quite impossible to pinpoint the source of a HPV or genital warts infection. Many people with the kind of HPV that causes genital warts don’t have any symptoms, or the warts can be tiny and hard to find. Although symptoms usually appear within 6 months of exposure, sometimes it can take longer. Also, outbreaks of warts can reoccur periodically.

Strictly speaking, if you do not have the kind of HPV that causes genital warts, you couldn’t cause genital warts in your boyfriend. If you doctor says it’s possible you have HPV, it’s possible you could have the kind that causes warts and just not have any symptoms. It’s also possible that your boyfriend was infected by somebody in a previous relationship or encounter and the warts are just not appearing or recurring.

If your boyfriend does have warts, you may want to avoid sexual activity during an outbreak. There are many different treatment options to get rid of the warts though HPV is not curable.

tarnishedsilverheart April 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

A Pap test looks for abnormal cell changes of the cervix…once abnormal cell changes are seen an HPV test is done confirming the cell changes are due to high risk HPV types. The HPV test and our Pap test is screening of the cervix only. Our HPV test does not screen for low risk HPV types.

Some men can develope small flat warts when there partner has cervical HPV types…and it is possible that you have both low risk and high risk HPV types. Low risk HPV types usually show as visible warts but some times a person with low risk HPV type will never show a visiable wart…but still can transmit the virus to a sex partner and they could show genital warts.

Sometime high risk HPV types do show as warts.

HPV can be passed on between straight and same-sex partners—even when the infected partner has no signs or symptoms.
A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV.
HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 are found occasionally in visible genital warts

most studies of women with cervical HPV disease indicate that approximately 64-70% of their partners will have HPV penile lesions if evaluated clinically. Most often, these are so small that neither partner is aware of their presence.

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