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Old 04-02-2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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Exclamation Husband's prior partner had HPV

I was a virgin when I got married....never had any contact below the waist with anyone other than my husband.

My husband's ex-girlfriend had HPV, I belive the high risk type because she had to have the laser surgery, etc to ahve the abnormal cells removed.

I was wondering if my husband could pass the high risk HPV on to me and if so would I get the HPV.

I've had two normal pap smears since I've been married. Is this something I need to be worried about? Did my immune system ward off the hpv, since I've never had an abnormal pap smear? Did my husband's immune system ward of the hpv by the time he was with me (he was with me more than 2 years after the last time he was with her).

Please help!! this is driving me crazy

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Old 04-02-2006, 02:23 PM   #2
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Re: Husband's prior partner had HPV

Did your husband ever actually develop any symptoms of hpv?

Hpv is highly contagious, and can be contracted even if there are no visible warts present. However, the body can suppress it after a while to the point it becomes dormant and at that point, to my knowledge, its not spread. There are many arguments on that however.

As far as warding off the virus as you put it... no, you never completely get rid of the virus. It just becomes dormant in your system like I said and can become active again if a persons immune system gets affected for some reason. Stress, poor diet and other things can effect how well your immune system works.

If you’re really that concerned, Id setup an appt at your local std clinic. Most of them are free or have a small donation and you can usually just walk in to see them. I’d suggest the std clinic over your regular doctor because they’re usually more knowledgeable and thorough than the basic doctor. They’re also usually a lot more pleasant and receptive to work with and answer your questions and concerns regarding stds. I think they’d be happy to sit with you for a bit and talk about your concerns and answer all your questions. Id also suggest that your husband go with you so you both get the info at the same time.

Old 04-02-2006, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Husband's prior partner had HPV

Thanks JT. My husband says that he never had any symtpoms, plus it's my understanding that the high risk HPV does not produce warts, it just causes cancer in some women. Is this true?

I'm pregnant now, so I'm worried that the hpv will become nondormant if I did actually get it from my husband. I've had no symptoms ever.

Old 04-08-2006, 09:53 AM   #4
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Re: Husband's prior partner had HPV

Hi. You are right, the high risk hpv does not cause symptoms for the man. It causes dysplasia (and cancer if the dysplasia is left untreated). You may or may not ever have problems with it. With pregnancy there is a greater chance for dysplasia to develop but try to eat well, get your vitamins and exercise. Did you get a pap at the beginning of your pregnancy? Just keep your paps up to date and you will be okay! Hpv is very common and almost impossible to avoid it as sooo many people have it.

Old 04-08-2006, 10:17 PM   #5
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Re: Husband's prior partner had HPV

I had a pap test in September and I'm about 6 weeks pregnant now so it's been several months. I really hope I don't get it b/c it will make me think about how the ex girlfriend gave this to me (through my husband). Plus, I'm worried about how it would affect the pregnancy. I guess I should bring this up to my doctor.

thanks so much for the advice!

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