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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:54 am 

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Hi everyone,
I was diagnosed with high risk HPV (strain 16) and an abnormal pap smear in 2007. I had a colposcopy and have since cleared it, but the fidelity end of the issue still remains a mystery...

I was a virgin before my boyfriend so I know that I contracted HPV through him. He claims to have only had intercourse with his two ex-girlfriends... who also claim to have been virgins before him and everyone denies cheating during the relationships.

The girls were not tested for HPV while they were sexually active with him, but were tested in 2007 when he called to them (so, say 5 and 2 years after the relationship with him) and both tested HPV free and none have had any abnormal pap smear history.

How can men and women contract HPV strain 16--my gyno said really only intercourse. If he received oral sex from an infected person could he have gotten it that way? Or is someone lying?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:36 am 
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Hi mrc0188,

Anogenital HPV is almost always sexually acquired, but many experts think nonsexual transmission of genital HPV does occur. Exactly "how" and "how often" is very unclear. There is no evidence to indicate that it happens very often, but it's difficult to be more precise than that.

Things are also fuzzy when talking about just what constitutes "sex." For example, touching, rubbing and grinding genitals together is a risk for HPV transmission, even if no penetration or vaginal intercourse occurs. Oral sex is usually thought of more as a risk to the one performing, so it's probably rare (if it happens at all) that someone contracts genital HPV by receiving oral sex. Little if any risk seems to stem from hand to genital contact, but who can 100% rule it out?

So, assuming everyone involved is telling the truth, or what they honestly believe to be true, then who knows how to sort it out? HPV testing done several years after the fact is of little to no value, as virtually all HPV infections clear and become undetectable in that amount of time.

I'm sorry I don't have anything better to offer but I hope this helps at least a little. Please post again anytime.


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