Originally Posted by bunnyb
Do you just figure everybody has it because they say that 80% of sexually active adults have it? I know that a lot do, but that is just an "estimate" so the only real way to know is to get tested.
Now this girl will be getting tested for HPV because I asked her to just to ease my mine.
I am nervous now even though I know it really isn't life threatening if I do have it.
It is not remotely life threatening, and it really is a non-event. Why are you so nervous about it? I think many people get nervous, because it is an STD, and there is a lot of social stigma associated with that. But the actual health risks are incredibly small.
Certainly statistics don't tell the whole story, each person must be seen as an individual. But, with an 80% infection rate, it is more likely than not that you do have HPV (which again really doesn't matter). The vast majority of people who have HPV do not realize it, so even if your former partners don't think they are infected, it is still quite possible that they are.
How is the woman you were with planning on getting tested? Other than having visible warts and having a doctor tell you what they are, there are no reliable tests for HPV. Having an abnormal pap smear, or other problems, can tell you for sure that you DO have it, but there is really no way to be positive that you DO NOT. Condoms do not provide complete protection against HPV.
Once again, HPV is nothing to worry about, but there are a lot of other STDs out there that you should be concerned about. So be safe, EVERY time. Remember that old MTV campaign for condom use? No excuses, no regrets.