Hey everyone, I'm new here and just have a complicated question of opinion...
I was dating a girl for a few months and then we broke up. Since then I dated another girl that I eventually ended up having unprotected sex with. We broke up and I realized I made a huge mistake in leaving that first girl and very much want a long term relationship with her. We've agreed that we'll let things settle until January and then will probably (hopefully) start dating again. Also, she had told me she received the Gardasil vaccination a few years back.
I believe the second girl I dated gave me HPV, as I found a few warts months after we were together. I've been going through the motions of getting them removed, and so far just have one left that I'll be getting rid of tomorrow.
So my question is this: If I don't get any more warts between now and January, and I start having protected sex with my girlfriend who has the Gardasil vaccination, do you think she is adequately protected? I'm going to tell her about the HPV of course, but I really don't want any complications happening with her, I could never really live with that. I know that Gardasil protects against 90 percent of wart cases, and that a condom helps it from being transmitted, but I haven't read/heard too many assuring reviews of Gardasil. I've just been seeing "90%" in every single sentence related to HPV, which is probably the most obnoxious part of having it, there are no absolutes.
So I know there's no definite answer, and there's always a chance she could contract it, but I guess I'm more looking for opinions on the subject. What would you do? Would you trust the vaccine?
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