What do you say to a friend that has HPV?

by Rachel on April 4, 2011

My friend went to the doctor and found out she has HPV. Human Papilloma Virus? How do I comfort her?

For those of you who don’t know what it is:

http://www.cdc.gov/STD/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm

She wants to confront the guy that she supposedly caught it from because he lied to her about having it.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

¥?Tha Baddest?¥ April 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Tell her it will be Okay, tell her it’s not something will kill her or make her infertile.

Be a real friend by not speading her personal business around

Essence of Naivete April 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Just be there for her… Let her rant, and offer her a shoulder to cry on if need be. Most importantly, remind her that this doesn’t change the person she is or your friendship. It may also be helpful (maybe a little later on) to remind her of how common the virus really is, and that most people clear the virus from their bodies in a few years.

Also, the guy that she believes she got it from probably had no idea. Unless he had genital warts, there is NO way for a man to be tested for HPV. It may be a good idea for her to let him know so that he can make sure to always practice safer sex in the future though.

Kiss up April 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

He probably didn’t know he had it since there are no tests for men to show if they can pass HPV. My friend has it. She doesn’t necessarily have to get cervical cancer. Just stay positive.

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