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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:44 pm 

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I was told that I had HPV....and high risk...had a lot done...and it came back that I do not have cancer...but have to have a pap smear again in 4 months. I want to know.....I am gay and have a woman partner....could I have gotten HPV from her? I have never had sex with a man.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:28 pm 

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From what I have searched online, HPV is usually spread by skin to skin contact so there could be a possibility that your partner may have been a carrier. Also HPV can be with you for days, weeks, months and sometimes years before anything abnormal shows up on a pap smear. You may have contracted HPV from a past relationship or from your current relationship so it's really hard to tell.

The best move you made was keeping follow up with your doctor. I hope this helps some because believe me when you are first diagnosed it's scary but rest assured things will be okay :D


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:01 am 
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Isis is correct, genital HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and this includes touching and rubbing of genitals. Oral sex is not as well defined in this regard but is a possible route of transmission. I don't think it's considered likely to contract genital HPV from receiving oral sex; usually the discussion focuses more on possibly contracting oral HPV through performing oral sex on a partner with genital virus.

Each HPV type prefers specific skin areas and the HPV types that are usually associated with genital (and anal) skin aren't too prone to become established orally and lead to detectable diseases, but it's a good precaution not to perform oral sex on a partner with genital HPV while lesions (warts or cervical abnormalities) are present.

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