Should I be having sex with a girl who has genital warts?

by Rachel on November 18, 2011

I have been having sex with this girl (ex girlfriend) for years. I have known all along that she has genital warts. I used a condom most of the time but not every time. Should I continue having sex with her even with a condom? I don’t want to catch anything.

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Paul November 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thats discusting.

Priesty November 18, 2011 at 6:21 am

yes you should, it makes your schlong look cool

Dawn B November 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

You should get tested. It only takes one time to get infected. Even with a condom, you can get warts from the area around your penis touching her.

Lily L November 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

You have HPV. Congratualtions. Usuaing condoms doesn’t really help very much in reduing the transmission of HPV. You may never get warts. Most people don’t.

But this just makes you one of the majority of people who’ve gotten HPV.

Continue having sex with her all you want. You already have all the types of HPV that she does.

And I love these people telling you to “get tested.” There is no standard testing for low risk HPV and no HPV testing for men an all.

steamroller98439 November 18, 2011 at 7:07 am

Many people question whether Human papillomavirus (HPV) is actually a concern for men, but HPV isn’t just the cervical cancer virus. HPV infections affect men as well, causing throat cancer, anal cancer and penile cancer as well as genital warts. Although it is hard to find testing for HPV in men, HPV in men is a real problem … and not just because male HPV is a reservoir for HPV infection in women.

How common is HPV in men? One 2008 study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that over the course of 15 months, more than half of the studied group of 290 sexually active young men spent at least some time infected with HPV. This is why it’s so important to change the question from “can men contract HPV?” to “how does the human papillomavirus affect men?”

Interestingly, it’s not that men are getting infected and staying infected. HPV is probably so common, at least in part, because men are getting new infections all the time. The same study discussed above found that most men who were infected with HPV cleared the virus within six months of becoming infected — in other words, HPV was no longer detectable in their bodies. In fact, three quarters of men showed no trace of the virus after one year, and this was true whether the men were infected with cancer-causing (oncogenic) strains or nononcogenic strains. This is in contrast to previous studies, which found that women tend to stay infected with cancer-causing strains of HPV for longer periods of time. Women have also been shown to be more susceptible to oncogenic HPV than nononcogenic HPV, something that, again, does not appear to be the case for men.

Even though men are good at kicking the HPV virus out of their bodies, it does not mean that HPV in men is not a real problem. In addition to the issue of genital warts, it is important to remember that men are susceptible to HPV-related cancers, even if they are less common than cervical cancer in women. Hopefully, increased awareness of the problem of HPV in men will eventually lead to better testing, and encourage men to get the HPV vaccine once it is approved for their use. It is possible that such approval may happen sooner rather than later, since results of a new study suggest that the vaccine reduces the amount of symptomatic HPV disease as well as the number and length of infections in men.

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