You might benefit from visiting the relationship section of our HPV Web pages at http://www.ashastd.org/hpv/hpv_learn_relationships.cfm
. These pages provide tips for talking with partners and cover the basics of HPV, including the questions partners often want answered.
Things to keep in mind include:
HPV is in fact very common, so much so that up to 75-80% of sexually active people are thought to have, or have had, a genital HPV infection.
Most cases don't result in visible symptoms or health complications and when symptoms (like warts or cervical cell changes) are detected, they are generally manageable.
It can take weeks, months, or even years after exposure to HPV before a diagnosis is made.
Clinical testing options for males are very limited.
Most HPV infections are suppressed or cleared naturally by the immune system, but there is no way to predict when this might occur for an individual, and no test to prove it for sure.
If you have any other questions, feel free to post again. Review some of the other posts on this board, too, about talking with partners.
All the best,