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Old 12-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Sex, Marriage, and HPV

If you have been with someone for a lengthy amount of time and one partner has HPV or genital warts, it is pretty much assumed the other does as well. Even if one does not present as symptomatic.

I have read two different things about HPV. One is that it lies dormant for many years (typically the one that causes cancer). The other is that your body most likely will clear the virus naturally within a few months to a possible two years (for genital warts sufferers).

My question is this; in the latter case, will you continually pass the virus to one another (reinfecting each other) or is the probable that you will clear the virus within the supposed time frame regardless of transference because it is the same strain of virus?

It seems unlikely that you can clear a virus, same strain or not, if you are constantly in contact with it. Then again, it is in your system whether or not you come into contact with it.

Ugh. I just want to know the implications on my sex life with my husband. We would very much like to continue to have sex. We both have HPV - or so it is assumed (he is not symptomatic). But what if he doesn't?

Actually, if it were up to me...we wouldn't have sex. Since I am symptomatic and he is not, I just don't want to increase the chances of him becoming symptomatic. And after 25 years together, condoms are not going to be worn. I would be for that too, but he isn't.

 
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