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Old 05-01-2010, 06:47 AM   #1
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Low Risk HPV & Oral Sex

Recently my GYN told me that I have low risk HPV, I told my boyfriend (who I've been with for 3 years) and he's been very supportive.

I know we can resume an active sex life (using condoms now) but what about oral?
1. If I receive oral sex from him is there a chance he could get oral cancer since I have HPV? Also, if he isn't the person I got HPV from will me receiving Oral sex from him put me at risk for another strain of the virus?

2. Since I'm not sure if I got the HPV from him or not I should end giving him oral sex correct?

Sorry if these questions have been asked over and over but I've been scouring the net and always seem to find different incomplete answers regarding this.

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Old 05-01-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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Re: Low Risk HPV & Oral Sex

if by "low risk" you mean genital warts, he will not be at risk for oral cancer. HPV types 6 and 11 are responsible for 90% of genital warts cases. while there is some evidence that genital warts may increase one's risk for genital and anal cancers, the risk is not like that of types 16 and 18 which ~are known~ for sure to be linked to cancer.

You should be okay giving him oral sex, but there are some important steps that you have to take to protect him, and for him to protect himself.

First things first, Gardasil was recently approved for men. He needs to start the regiment right away, as should you. Just because you were exposed to one form of HPV, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't protect yourself from the others. Make arrangements with your doctor to start the regiment as well.

Second, the real danger for him is in you touching your own genitals then touching him. The virus can reside on skin for some time, though genital HPV only settles and causes warts in that specific region. Likewise, if he touches you then himself, he could transfer the virus to himself. The HPV virus can also infect the mouth. While it is uncommon, it is still possible. Should you choose to receive oral sex, at the very least have him use a dental dam to keep your skin and fluid separate from his face. To be safe, you may want to avoid receiving oral sex for the time being. If you have an active outbreak, avoid contact that involves the transfer of your bodily fluids.

It sounds like you have a good boyfriend. Do everything you can to ensure each others' health, and you will continue to be a successful couple. Do look into Gardasil. Once he is protected he will not have to worry about your condition. There are also a few studies coming out on the retroactive use of Gardasil on those who have already been diagnosed. Though there is much work to be done, the results are looking up. I will post these links in this thread as soon as I can find them again.

Also, bear in mind that if you keep up with regular treatments, your body will likely send the virus into remission. A healthy person will suppress the virus within 6 months to 2 years of the onset of the infection. Take lots of vitamins and folic acid and keep your immune system up. Exercise helps too. You can beat this as long as you take care of yourself. The virus will live in your body forever. Every flu you have ever had is still inside you. Chicken pox, still inside you. Mononucleosis, still inside you (if you've had it). If you are like 100 million Americans and get cold sores, the herpes virus that causes them is still inside you. If you have ever gotten warts on your hands or feet, that is another form of HPV, and it is still inside you.

You must take care of yourself and keep your immune system up to overcome the condition. Keep up with removal treatments should any new lumps show up. Hope this has been helpful. I will cite sources at a later time.

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Re: Low Risk HPV & Oral Sex

If you have been with your boyfriend for 3 years and you have been sexually active all this time - and neither of you has been with others during this time - you can be pretty sure than any strains of HPV that either of you brought into the relationship, the other of you now has. Worrying that you can share it now, so late after the fact, seems a tad unnecessary.

That said, if you have not been sexually active all this time, while you and your bf may not need to start the regiment, you may want to start the Gardisil regimen (sorry, I couldn't resist ).

Anyway, ask your doctor if both of you might benefit from taking Gardisil at this point.

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