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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:00 pm 

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I was recently diagnosed with HPV... After being diagnosed I wouldn't have any sexual contact with my husband... Since then I'm slowly opening back up and we are getting back to normal slowly... But my question is about oral sex... Is oral sex a no no or is it ok? My one other question my 3 yr old neice like to drink my bottles of water or take a sip of my pop should make her stop? I don't want to hurt my neice or pass anything to her...


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:19 am 

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You aren't likely to transmit your hpv to the oral area. It happens but not frequently thank goodness.

I'd be more concerned about influenza and the common cold/poop puke bugs as a reason not to share drinks with a child than I would be hpv.

betsy


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 3:15 am 

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Oral sex is a NO NO. Please don't take this bad advice like I did. They become a whole different problem once they get in your mouth and you become a risk to those around you. It is highly contagious.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 9:07 am 
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HPV types found with genital skin are not likely to be transmitted with casual contact, so there's little if any worry there (sharing drinks, bath facilities, etc.).

Oral sex just hasn't been well studied or documented as a means of transmitting or acquiring HPV, so it can be a difficult area to discuss. It is very clear that the HPV types associated with sexual transmission don't naturally prefer skin apart from the anogenital area and I don't think it's common they become established orally and then cause disease, but it something to think about. A common precaution is not to perform oral sex on a partner while anogenital lesions are present (including cervical cell changes).

There are also no studies on the value of latex barriers (condoms and dental dams) in preventing oral transmission of HPV, but couples can consider using them - there's value there beyond HPV, as there are many other STI's (chlamydia, for example) that pose a much greater risk with oral sex.

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