Is Hpv Something That Can Develop Or Is It Only Transmitted?

by Rachel on January 29, 2010

My ex-wife just told me she has it and I need to get tested. I always suspected infidelitys. Did she catch this while cheating or is this something that could have developed in her?

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frolicna January 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

The HPV virus is passed through skin-to-skin contact. For the types that can infect the genital area, this means that genital skin-to-skin contact is necessary for transmission.
While it’s not possible for HPV to just “spring up” in a person, it is possible for the virus to lie dormant in the body for years before being detected. Depending on your particular situation, it means that she could have contracted the virus before your marriage or before she even met you.
In addition, while the presence of genital warts can be diagnosed visually, for higher-risk strains of HPV — the ones that could lead to cervical cancer without further treatment — there is no way to test men. Because of this, it’s possible for men to be carriers of HPV and to pass it to their partners without knowing they have it.
For more information, you might want to check out the American Social Health Association’s HPV Resource Center ( For some strange reason, that page is not loading for me at the moment, or else I would have linked you directly to it. ;)

igloo_ia January 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

What is HPV? If you meant HIV, she must have caught it while cheating – it cannot develop.

Cindy January 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm

They detected 18 different HPV types from my pap smears, so far no one has explained any of this to me except to say I am at a very high risk for cervical cancer. I do know that not all types are sexually transmitted. Men are carriers of Hpv, so if they have it it was through sexual contact. I am still researching this and going to a new gyn. So please, be nice to her about this.I also do not have any of the symptoms I have read about. Good luck to you both.

SweetAsT January 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Will men can not be tested for this even if they can pass it. I have it myself . You can even get this with a Condoms. It can hide for 15 yrs before you even know you have it. This hurts women, nothing will happen to you. Hope it goes well for your wife I didn’t like the treatment myself.

Laea January 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

It does not develop on its on. They actually now call it an STD because it can be passed from one to another. Something else, you can have it for years and not know it unless you get tested for it, some people don’t have any symptoms some get genital warts. Good luck

Laura D January 30, 2010 at 6:08 am

Women can have HPV for years and not know it. Even if they have had pap smears. There are different types of HPV though. Some are sexually transmitted and some are not. It would just depend on the type she has. If you suspect infidelity then you should speak with your wife about it. If she’s your wife then you should be able to tell when she is lying and when she is telling the truth. If her doctor said that you need to be tested then it is probably the type that is spread sexually. But like I said she could have gotten it in her teens and it is just now showing its ugly face. So try not to be too hard on her.

Anonymous January 30, 2010 at 11:24 am

It is sexually transmitted.

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