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MaryJane
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Feb-12-11, 10:57 PM (CST)
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"Is HPV (warts) a big deal? So much contradictory info out there"
 
   hi everyone

So, for once it's not a question on Herpes! Ive actually started seeing a guy i met on positivesingles.com

he told me the other day he has HPV also and still has symptoms of warts (not at present, though).

Im confused about this virus, as from what ive read, the body can clear itself of it. Ive also read on just as many websites that you have it for life... ! What info is correct?

i like this guy but it's not going to be a long term serious relationship, but we get on and there's chemistry. Im wondering how much of a big deal is HPV? My initial reaction is, not much of a big deal. but then if you do really have it forever, i geuss a relationship which isnt going to be long term isnt worth the risk?

Also, I had an abnormal pap smear some time ago and whilst i never was diagnosed with warts, I guess it could be one of the many types of strains which causes it - ie i could already have it!

so confused.com


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windyadmin
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Feb-17-11, 07:14 AM (CST)
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1. "RE: Is HPV (warts) a big deal? So much contradictory info out there"
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Search this forum for the word, "clearance" for lots of discussions about whether the infection is permanent or not. Short answer: nobody knows.

Warts can be a nuisance. In most people, the infection clears up pretty quickly (months) but some people have persistent or recurrent problems with them.

What does "still has symptoms of warts" and "not at present" in the same sentence mean? How long ago did he have warts, and what symptoms does he have? Some people say they have hpv, but they may have had warts years ago. The chance of transmission in that case is very low.

Mildly abnormal pap smears can be caused by a lot of things, so you really can't tell whether it was hpv or not unless you know how abnormal it was. And you can be infected with the types of hpv that cause warts without ever getting warts, so you can't really tell for sure whether it's a high-risk or low-risk type without an hpv test.

Oh, one more thing. Most people say they don't have (or never had) hpv, but they're wrong. They just didn't know about it.


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crissie
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Feb-23-11, 08:18 PM (CST)
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2. "RE: Is HPV (warts) a big deal? So much contradictory info out there"
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   My understanding is that clearing the infection means you show no symptoms. I have HPV mine is the wart causing one which is, in general, the type that doesn't cause dysplasia. I hadn't had symptoms for years...no warts nothing. Then my boyfriend (now husband) got a wart. It could have been from anyone in his past I believe it was from me though. My understanding is your body can get used to the virus so it doesn't cause symptoms.

Christine


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3. "RE: Is HPV (warts) a big deal? So much contradictory info out there"
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   linda


will i be careful if i were you. HPV in men can cause those warts but in a woman it can and does cause cervical cancer and 11 percent of cervical cancer victims die every year.
You can go to the american cancer society and put cervical canser in it search engine.
so yueah i say it is a very big deal.


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Rajahadmin
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It's my understanding that the types of HPV that produce visible warts are not the ones that are associated with cancers.

"Do the Right Thing. It will gratify some people and astound the rest." - Paraphrased from Mark Twain


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gfcadmin
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5. "RE: Somebody correct me if I'm wrong..."
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   This reply probably comes far too late to be of much use, but just in case others go looking through recent threads for info...

Raj you are quite right, generally speaking the types of HPV most commonly associated with warts are not the same types most commonly associated with the development of cervical cancer.

Additionally, if you were determined not to date anyone who had ever had HPV you'd be extremely hard up to find a date. The virus infects the vast majority of people in their lifetime, and for most of those folks they never even know they've been infected. This combined with a lack of testing options and a lack of clarity about when the virus stops being transmitted makes trying to avoid the virus pretty impractical.

There are certainly some things you can do - probably the most important being insuring that if you have a cervix you go and get an annual pap smear. If everyone did this we would prevent a ton of cervical cancer cases. If you have warts present you can go to medical professional and have them treated to speed up how quickly they disappear.

If someone has warts present, or has very recently had them present, their chances of transmitting the virus are definitely more significant. If you want to lower that risk there are all sorts of activities you can do with barriers (condoms, dams, gloves) that don't involve skin to skin contact outside of the barrier - I'm think oral sex, hand jobs, sex toys (that are either covered by a condom or can be boiled) etc... Get creative!

Just my two cents!

gfc



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