Re: HPV Story... Trust Gardasil?
To clarify, warts are most commonly caused by HPV types 6 and 11, the most common strains in the US. Therefore, if you have warts, chances are it is either of those strains. Gardasil was designed to protect against 6 and 11 for warts, 16 and 18 for high risk HPV, which are also the two most common cancer-causing strains in the US. If you want to know what kind of HPV you have, you can have wart material removed and biopsied. Once you know exactly which strain you have, you can determine whether or not she is actually protected.
Since 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of warts cases, and 16 and 18 are responsible for 85-ish% of high risk, the advertisers are spinning the message to say that Gardasil protects against 90% of HPV, which I suppose isn't inaccurate, it is just unclear. If you have type 6 or 11, then your girlfriend will be fine. You'll just have to undergo the procedure to figure out exactly what it is you have.
By now this message is late, and hopefully you won't have any re-occurrences. Rest assured that once you are not having an active outbreak, you will be significantly less contagious. Should another active outbreak take place, use that opportunity to submit a tissue sample for a biopsy. That's really the only way to know the whole story