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I just found out that I am infected with genital warts from my boyfriend. My doctor said he should use condoms, but if we already have the same virus why should we use protection?




 



YES! PLEASE USE A CONDOM FOR ANY ACTIVITY. THERE ARE OVER 30 CASES OF HPV OUT THERE SO THAT MEANS YOU COULD CATCH ANOTHER ON TOP OF THE ONE YOU ALREADY HAVE. AND WHO SAYS THAT JUST BECAUSE HE GAVE IT TO YOU, YOU BOTH HAVE THE SAME ONE KIND. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND ALWAYS PROTECT YOURSELF.


1/3/2006


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There is no reason to use condoms if both of you are infected. Why worry about passing a virus back and forth that you already have? *However*, you shouldn''t have sex while you have symptoms.

By:
Rebekah


8/26/2002


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According to my knowledge 99% of male population are carriers of the virus...it does no harm at all to them. It has no effect at all..(it''s only extremely rare situations where the hpv can create serious problems to a man). When I discovered i had hpv i couldn't stop thinking how can i avoid it after having the treatment done...and that's what i asked my doctor who answered back: There is nothing you can do...except become a nun! The condoms do help but not entirely....hpv can be found in all areas around the genital organs...even with oral sex it can still be transmitted.
The only thing i have to advise you is use condom especially if you have already done a therapy but generaly do not forget to do your annual pap test!


10/14/2003


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You''re right because once you've received hpv from your partner then you have it. Sex with the same partner with the same hpv you have will not increase any other different types of hpv to form.

By:
ilf303


8/26/2002


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Technically you don''t need to use a condom... my gyno told me this. Once you and your partner have the virus... you have the virus. End of story.
BUT... now this is a big BUT... if you are showing warts you MUST where a condom... first of all thats just nasty. Second you just don't know.
Once you stop showing signs... thats both of you... once both of you stop showing signs there is no need use condoms. You both have a tolerance for the virus so the chances of getting it again won't be from having sex.

Remember... there are people out there who will break out and break out again for no reasons... and there are people who only have that ONE break out. Sex w/ out a condom is not the reason of a break out... unless it is a new STRAIN.

Have fun and enjoy yourself while you can. Don't forget though that if you are unsure if you have other STDs then please use condoms.
Be safe and goodluck.


6/20/2003


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PEOPLE GET REAL...NO CONDOM = TROUBLE.

I CAN NOT BELIEVE MOST OF THE PEOPLE ANSWERING THIS QUESTION SO BLINDLY AND SO STUPIDLY.

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO RESPECTING YOUR BODY. EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC THAT SHOULD NOT GIVE YOU PERMISSION TO FUEL THE FIRE TO HAVING UNPROTECTED SEX AND MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE INVINCIBLE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS REALIZE THAT YOU HAD MADE A MISTAKE AND LEARNED FROM IT. HAVING HPV IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD IT IS, HOWEVER, A LESSON (HOPEFULLY LEARNED) THAT SHOULD HAVE OPENED YOUR EYES AND MADE YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE ON OF THE LUCKY ONES. IN SAYING THIS I MEAN THAT YOU DID NOT CONTRACT A DEADLY DISEASE LIKE AIDS. THERE IS NO CURE FOR AIDS AND WITH IT YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKING NUMEROUS PILLS A DAY, DETESTED BY SOCIETY, AND EVENTUALLY DEAD!!!

CONTRACTING HPV IS NOT THE WORST THING IN LIFE BUT BEING IGNORANT TO THE FACT THAT THERE ARE OTHER INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN THE WORLD IS. PLEASE DO NOT PLAY THE GAME BECAUSE LIFE IS NOT A GAME. USE A CONDOM BECAUSE WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO BE TRUE MIGHT JUST NOT BE. WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUAL BACKGROUNDS (THE AMOUNT AND WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS PROTECTED, ETC) TAKE A PIECE OF ADVICE. BE CRITICAL OF WHAT OTHERS TELL YOU AS TRUTH UNLESS YOU WERE THERE AND KNOW FOR YOURSELF (AND EVEN THEN BE CAREFUL BECAUSE MEN AND WOMEN DO CHEAT).

THE QUESTION SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN "I HAVE A BOYFRIEND AND HE GAVE ME HPV. WHY SHOULD WE USE A CONDOM?" INSTEAD IT SHOULD BE "I HAVE HPV. WHAT DID IT TEACH ME?"

THE LESSON SHOULD HAVE BEEN I AM NOT INVINCIBLE NOW WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF. RESPECT YOURSELF ENOUGH TO USE A CONDOM WITH ANY ONE THAT YOU HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH. WHETHER THEY WERE THE ONE WHO INFECTED YOU ARE NOT.

IF YOU DIDN''T KNOW THE ANSWER TO WHAT DID CONTRACTING HPV TEACH ME THEN MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE STOP HAVING SEX AND GO ON A MISSION OF SELF DISCOVERY AND FIND OUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU IN LIFE. IF YOU THINK IT IS PLEASING OTHERS AND NEGLECTING AND JEPORDIZING YOURSELF THEN CONTINUE ON THE MISSION.

I HOPE THIS WAS HELPFUL. I ALSO HOPE THAT YOU NOT ONLY READ THIS BUT REMEMBERED IT BECAUSE IT COULD BE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND Genital Warts.

ANONYMOUS
AGE 20


5/6/2004


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HPV is a virus, but it is a weak virus in most cases, the body builds up immunity to it and the cells infected are normal again. Even in the cases where the body doesn''t heal itself, a colposcopy can be done and doctors will decide on a treatment. This treatment will remove the abnormal cells (in a woman), and new cells will grow back normal, thus eliminating the virus. Also, the virus can not be passed back and forth between partners because once you have the virus, your immune system builds up immunity to the same strain, so you will not catch it again.


3/29/2004


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There is a good reason for using condoms, and this is because, once you have the human papilloma virus that causes warts, your body may well eventually (months or years) get rid of it, however if you are reexposed to it, you wil either get it again or you will never get rid of it in the first place


3/28/2003


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I was told that using a condom is still advisable because the virus might mutate


9/5/2002


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there are several people saying that your body will eventually get rid of the virus. i''m sorry to say, but this is not true. no virus has ever been cured in the history of the world. once you have a virus, that's it you've got it for life. you may however stop showing the SYMPTOMS of the virus.


3/5/2004


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I was just on a very informative site that said something like: You may have the same strain, but having unprotected sex or mixing body fluids can give you warts on other places that you didn''t have them before. Me, I'm am trying to make sure they appear in less places on my body possible. It's been about 7 years since my first and last breakout. I also know how hard it is to stay unprotected when you are really feeling someone whether they have it or not. But, I'm working on that. I just broke up with my boyfriend of 6 years and father of my 5 year-old daughter about 4 months ago. She is fine, of course, and he doesn't show any sympthoms. Ya'll take care.


4/3/2004


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There''s evidence to suggest that use of condoms reduces the risk of high-grade lesions and cancer, even though it doesn't reduce the risk of transmission. (Sex Transm Dis. 2002 Nov29(11):725-35)

There's also evidence showing that higher viral loads on the cervix are associated with higher risk of cervical cancer. This makes sense with what we know about infections in general - if there's more of the infecting virus or bacteria around, it makes it harder for your immune system to deal with it.

I think it makes sense for you to use condoms for awhile. I don't know how long you'd need to do that, but I would guess at least a couple months, and maybe six months to a year.


6/22/2003


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I would like to clear this up. The simple answer is Yes, you should use condoms. Definitely while either of you has active lesions, and recommended for a year after last outbreak in either partner. Ideally, condoms should be used every time. I am a PA and I have done alot of research on the subject. Why is condom use impotant? Because 1) the virus can be spread to other parts of your genitals, and other parts of your body, such as mouth and anus. Also, women have a much lower risk of cervical cancer if they don''t have infected cells in their cervix. So don't spread HPV to your cervix. 2) Many cases of GW are actually a combo of several HPviral subtypes, and your body will react slightly differently to each. By limiting exposure to warts, you may limit the number of subtypes you contract. 3) Unlike bacteria, HPV is never going to be killed off by your body, but your immune system will keep it in check if you are healthy, and not being reinfected. Every time you and your partner pass it back and forth, you may experience a new breakout. 4) Condoms DO stop HPV. The problem is that condoms do not cover all the areas that can be infected, so you can still spread it from/to the scrotal area, for example. You should tell your partners you carry the virus and could, at any time, become contagious, whether you see a GW or not.


8/2/2004


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There are many different strains of HPV. A few strains of HPV in women have been found in an estimated 90% of women diagnosed with cervical cancer. You don''t know which strains you have so it's better to be on the safe side. A man/woman can be carrying 5 different strans of HPV and you may only get 2 of them (but luckily not the strains that may lead to cervical cancer or warts in the mouth). But even a condom doesnt offer 100% protection. A man for instance can have warts not visible to the naked eye on his testicles and when he has sex with a woman...that area can touch the woman's genitalia. So be careful. Until they invent a more perfect condom (or anti-virus) I open up a sandwhich bad and poke a small hole and place it over the condom. (I also make my boyfrined wear his tight briefs with the pee-pee hole). He mesed around with one-night stands before me, and it just seems like more of a pain in the butt for women to treat it, so I try to be safe. His world goes on. He was reallllly upset when he found out he had HPV but now, he lives prety much a normal life and we learned to still get it on even though I made it like a fortress.

By:
AnaBCamp


10/31/2003


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i was sleeping with my boyfriend and he told me he had hpv but I wasn''t worried about it cause hpv is just like getting a cold. it will go away. besides, i have had sex with so many men and have not had to worry about getting hpv. i think it is important to be thinking about protecting yourself but i just look at him to see if he is ok. if i don't see anything then i am not really worried about it. i mean i use the pill and i look before i buy if you know what i mean)

sex is good and fun and we should remember that the reason we have sex is because it is natural. hpv is in almost everyone so if you are going to have sex that prtty much means yu are going to get it. the point is not to let it get you down, to the point where it is overwhelming you and making it so that you don't enjoy sex. that is my opinion. i have never had a breakout and never felt at risk in all the times i have had sex. i always ask my partner if he has anything first, but with all the men i have been with i am sure i have been exposed to something.

hiv is really the only thing you have to worry about. i usually ask my boyfriend if he has hiv. if he does then i ask him to use a condom, otherwise i just don't worry about it. a lot of these websites are just set up by medical insistutions as a way to make you feel fear because if you feel fear then you are wmotivated to buy their product. well my two cents.


11/9/2004


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i have been on this site for about 30 minutes now,and I cant believe the stupid comments made!
i first contracted warts 4 years ago.Since i have had 3 breakouts! if you go to the doctor ''and i assume that those who have hpv will do so" your doctor WILL TELL YOU that you can not be infected by the hpv in your mouth!
GW can not be spread by oral sex to your mouth!
This is a true fact! Ask your doctor!

THIS SITE OR SHOULD I SAY THE PEOPLE POSTING HERE OBVIOUSLY ARE TRYING TO MISS LEAD OTHERS WHO ACTUALLY HAVE THE HPV VIRUS.
Another common fact,once you have hpv,you never get rid of the virus,they do not have any cures for the hpv virus as to date! FACT: woman are the incubaters for the hpv,..most woman who get the hpv virus will not break out, but this does not mean they cant spread the hpv to others, you never want to have sex while you have a break out! this can couse ripping of the warts and the warts will spread! Do not let others share bath wash cloths or sponges,DO NOT let others borrow shorts are any kind of clothes that come into contact with you out break,swim trunks is a big NO!
MEN,when you have the hpv,...SOME do not always break out,in fact you can have the hpv for years or months before you may have a break out,ANd once you have the virus and its confirmed with the doctor,you have it for life.Again there is no cure for both male and female who have hpv..YOU can go have them removed but this does not cure you from the virus! IF youhave the virus and you are a male, if you are 100% sure you are not actively showing any signs of break out you can have sex with a woman,un protected and the woman MAY NOT attract the virus,but this is not 100% sure thing,there is and allways will be risks involed!

what i have said here in this post is 100% fact and very true..

the facts are not hard to find out people! just go to the doctor and get the info,

There are many sites on STD's and there effects on people and the info for each STD..what to look for and signs of conditions!

AS for treatments of hpv "warts" im not sure really what to say about these over the counter actions some say they are useing!

In my experience i have always gone to the doctor and recieved this damn acid like gel that you apply two times a day..of the top of my head i connot think of the name of it,..i can say this,if your doctors gives you the gel,i advise you to ask for something different if its an option! The gel is painfull and is tricky to use! you will not notice any signs of action the first couple times you apply this medication,..the medication must sink into the center "heart of the infiction" then it work by killing the "wart" off from the inside out.very painfull and iches like crazy. Its like a slow freeze,in time the wart will turn black and then flake off leaveing pink skin. and it may only take half the wart off at a time.

I do not know about dr,schols freeez kit! you would think that it would work but its a very high risk of maybe seriously messing yourself up and spreading youhpv all over the place! ITs hard to believe when the doctor and the over the counter methods say do not use this on hpv warts,becouse as we all know the drug companies and the doctors ,government and so on,.use one another to make more money!! So just use extreme cotion if you decide to use a over the counter product..

I hope this has been helpfull and takes some of the pressure off those of you looking for answers!


9/16/2004


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Condoms do not prevent the transfer or infection of HPV. Wearing a condom or not, you will still be able to get HPV. Nothing is a reliable protection against HPV other then doing nothing to begin with.

There might be other reason to wear a condom though. Pregnacy and some other STD''s are greatly inhibited by the use of a condoms.

End result being:
If you have already had unprotected sex with your partner several times, you can assume that you DO HAVE whatever he/she may have. The only reason to wear a condom then is if you don't want a child.


5/3/2003


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Yes, wear a condom while you show symptoms but it fine afterwards. It is RARE that the disease will last over two years. Most cases are transient and clear themselves,70% will clear within a year! Even the manufactures of DNA testing confirm this.


http://www.thehpvtest.com/factsheet.html

“A woman who carries a high-risk type of HPV often clears the virus from her body on her own, without any ill effects”



http://www.plannedparenthood.org/pp2/portal/medicalinfo/sti/fact-HPV-virus.xml


“Although there is currently no "cure" for genital HPV infection, most cases are transient and clear themselves without medical intervention (CDC, 2001 Elfgren, et al., 2000; Ho, et al., 1998). One study designed to determine the natural history of genital HPV infection followed college women for three years (Ho, et al., 1998). HPV was detected using a sensitive DNA test that detects small amounts of HPV, even when there are no symptoms present. While there was a high rate of HPV infection (43 percent tested positive for HPV at some point over the study period), the average duration of HPV infection was eight months. Repeated HPV DNA testing showed that 70 percent of the women cleared their HPV infections within one year through the natural immune process, and only nine percent continued to be infected after two years. Another study conducted in Sweden supported these findings, with a five-year clearance rate of 92 percent (Elfgren, et al., 2000). In both studies, the viral type of HPV was a major determinant in the duration of infection, with types 16, AE7, 61, 18, and 73 having the longest average duration (Elfgren, et al., 2000; Ho, et al., 1998).”

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_2_1x_What_Women_Should_Know_about_HPV_and_Cervical_Health.asp

“Most couples who have sex share HPV until their bodies’ immune systems get rid of it. Partners who have sex only with each other do not pass the virus back and forth. When the HPV goes away, the immune system will remember that HPV type and keep you from getting it again. Because there are many types of HPV, being immune to one HPV type does not protect you from getting other types.”


http://www.ashastd.org/hpvccrc/women.html

“What does my positive HPV test mean for my partner?
Most sexually active couples share the HPV until the immune response eliminates the infection. Partners who are sexually intimate only with each other do not pass the same virus back and forth. In other words, when the virus is shared, being exposed to more of the same virus by one’s partner does not make it more difficult to eliminate the infection. When HPV infection goes away the immune system will remember that HPV type and keep a new infection of the same HPV type from ever occurring again. However, because there are many different types of HPV, becoming immune to one HPV type may not protect you from getting HPV again if exposed to another HPV type.”




2/5/2005


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You both have the same virus, so you are not at risk for passing the actual virus back and forth. But when warts are present, the virus is in a highly active state. This means that skin cells with the active virus can be passed to your partner, and also spread to other areas of your own genitals. So if your partner''s HPV is currently in a dormant state, the addition of the active virus may cause a new outbreak. Wearing condoms are a good way to cover current warts.


9/24/2003


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This post is to answer those who have mentioned re-infection.

If your immune system was somehow able to eliminate the virus from your body, after having it for a number of years, then you will not get that strain of the virus ever again. You will be immune. However, since there are multiple strains of HPV, re-infection is still possible.


8/31/2003


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My boyfriend and I also are both infected. Two female nurses at my doctor''s office have told me that condoms are not necessary (granted that you have the same strain/s) and his male dermatologist told him that we can give it back and forth and that we should use condoms. This makes no sense to me, I trust the nurses from planned parenthood, they deal with this everyday. It's a virus, not a rash.

By:
newbie


7/19/2004


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if you are only having sex wiht your infected boyfriend you may want to use a condom because once GENITAL WARTS from hpv are treated, un-protected sex causes breakouts
use a condom to prevent breakouts but if niether of u care mayzell go without providing its only you 2 who are sleeping together


4/26/2006


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Just because a person has HPV does not mean they have to stop having sex altogether! There are however, other things you can do to minimize your risks of contracting or passing STD''s and other viruses by using condoms, etc., And as for the question featured here, well it's really up to you if you wanna use a condom or not.It'd be better if you did(as long as you're 100% sure that the relationship you are in is monogamous(but of course these days we can never know for sure)like say this person is your husband, then why not. If you're gonna have sex with someone other than the person who infected you, then yes, by all means use one! Just try to be extremely careful. HPV does nothing more than infect skin cells and change the cells' DNA(which makes these oddly shaped colliflower bumps)And just to liven up your spirits(i know you probably feel like crap right now) HPV IN MOST CASES CLEARS UP ON IT'S OWN! HOWEVER, some strains may change the cell structures on your cervix thus leading to cervical cancer which makes it very important to get yearly pap smears, or in your case, at least once every 6 months or so. Back to the post that angered me, this person does have a point about


6/5/2006


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No one seeems to realize that HPV in women is one of the leading causes of Cervical cancer. Why protect yourself ?? Ask my 18 year old daughter who is now sweating out the biopsy report and at best will have to undergo a not very plasant treatment to rid herself of the cervical lesions it has produced. She has a whole new appreciation for the damage unprotected sex can cause....and my heart breaks for her.


4/26/2005


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You should use condoms because once you get the virus, you can become reinfected, and that causes your body to act as if you just got the virus. This causes you to have an outbreak just like the first one.


7/3/2003


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I just found out that I contracted HPV and my bf infected me. He doesnt have any symptons, but the other two men i slept with were virgins and we dated 2yrs a piece. With that said, I have the high risk HPV and I''m not really sure about the condom. This is a great relationship tester though. And we want to get married and have kids someday. I'm willing to use a condom, but when I'm married, I wanna have kids and not have to worry about wearing condoms, ya know? So yes, I can wait, but I'm asking the same question.. Its the high risk, he gave it to me, can we make babies w/out worrying? I want my wedding night to be perfect. :-( I was a good girl and now I'm terrified. Also, does the biopsy/calonposcopy hurt?

By:
muffin


8/5/2004


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There sure are alot of ignorant people in this world! The best thing in this whole STD mess is HONESTY!! Be honest with yourself and accept that you have put yourself at risk. DENIAL has fueled the majority of the problems through history. Admit, be honest, and be faithful with yourself and your partner.
As far as the condom thing, discuss the issue with your partner, assess your relationship and your future together, Come up with a mutual plan and stick to it. If your relationship fails be open and honest with any future partners, dont be stupid!


2/10/2005


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Wow is all I have to say.. I really wish a doctor would TRY to answer these questions. First off, lets talk about virus''s, you CAN get rid of a virus, the thing about HPV is it goes dormant, and therefore your immune system doesnt target it at that point. Many virus's lay dormant, such as AID/HIV, and while the virus is dormant , your body does nothing to fight it off. This is why chances are you will never TOTALY get rid of the virus. Lets stay on topic, the question was "i am infected from HPV from my boy friend, and my dr says to use condoms, but if we have the same thing why should i?" THE PERSON WHO TALKED IN ALL CAPS MANY POSTS AGO OBVIOUSLY DIDNT READ THAT, its not ignorance and stupidity on her part, shes asking if she has to use it WITH HER BOY FRIEND! who ALREADY HAS IT! shes not saying , i ahve HPV and i want to go have sex with multiple guys without telling them.. To summarize the good facts in here relating to the actual question, yes a condom is a good idea during break-outs because you will get more warts if you come into contact with more warts. But when you are BOTH not in a break-out period unprotected sex should not cause any ADDITIONAL risks. And that is the answer to the question you asked and I tried to keep my ramblings on topic.


3/15/2005


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How about some objective common sense?

1. If you presumably share the same strain, you don''t risk reinfecting each other. But...

2. If you have active lesions (warts) you risk spreading them to new places, which is why you will read repeated warnings to abstain from sex when lesions are apparent, and to wear condoms when they are not apparent (because they may be there, even if they are too small to see).

3. It is possible that you contracted HPV before you met your boyfriend, and that the timing of your outbreak is coincidental. If this is the case, then you and your boyfriend could have different strains, making it possible to give each other another wart-producing HPV infection.

4. It is possible that you and/or your partner could have other infections to share besides HPV.

Common sense says that you should use condoms.

A few notes regarding the other postings:

a. Regarding your body's ability to eliminate a virus: If your body can't eliminate a virus, then you better not catch a cold or flu, because we can't cure those viruses either (yet most of us clear those viruses). It makes sense that your body has the ability to combat viruses, and that there is the possibility that you could eliminate the virus. However, it is also widely believed that the virus can be dormant for many years, and that your body apparently does not combat the virus while it is dormant. When the virus is no longer dormant, is all of it active and subject to our immune system? I don't believe that anyone can definitively answer that question. Is it possible for your immune system to recognize and fight the dormant virus once it recognizes the threat from the active virus? It seems unlikely, given what we know about herpes. But then, HPV is not herpes.

b. There is little about HPV that can be stated with certainty because the virus has not been thoroughly studied, because nobody has figured out how to grow it and study it outside of your body. So, beware of any postings that themselves to be "100% true fact". Your doctor can only "know" what research has substantiated, which isn't much. But, your doctor can tell you what is generally believed based upon what we do know, and that is better than nothing.

c. As a matter of fact, even the manufacturer of podophylox does not know how their product works - no kidding.

d. The HPV vaccine that is being tested for Merck, does not kill the virus. The vaccine makes it less likely that (four specific strains of) the HPV virus will hang around on your skin long enough to infect you. So, while it may prevent infections, it does not cure those who are already infected. It does not prevent an existing infection from progressing to cancer. It will be interesting to see if it prevents the spread of genital warts to new locations - but I don't know if that is one of the objectives of the studies. The four strains affected by the vaccine include the two greatest causes of cervical cancer, and the two greatest causes of genital warts (6 and 11).

I hope this helps.


6/18/2005


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Condoms won''t stop you from getting it or your boyfriend and obviously if you both have it there are no use for condoms to prevent infection. However if you or your boyfrind have visable signs then a condom should be used if you are going to have sex, (although it is advised not to have intercourse with visable warts). This is because not only can it cause the virus to mutate but you might stimulate your partner to develop warts (even though they already have it). You can also pass the warts to other areas. For instance you might have warts on the outer of the virgina, having sex might make it develop warts inside and to your uterus. This is when warts can become dangerous!!


6/17/2003


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ikkk


8/8/2006


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Ok here is the REAL reason why you should use a condom. Even though you two have HPV you can still spread it. In other words you might only have certain parts of your skin that is infected. Because it is a virus of the skin. You might infect more skin that is actually healthy, which would make it harder to remove warts if they do appear because they would be all over instead of a few small places. Warts only grow on the skin that is infected with the hpv. So dont listen to these dumb asses.


2/7/2006


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for the one who said the virus wont leave the body you need to talk to your doctor or get a new one because their wrong.

also think of AIDS
HIV HIV
AIDS


2/21/2005


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i was at my doctor yesturday and got checked foe warts. I thought i should get checked cause my boyfriend found out he has them. My doctor said i don t but thats not saying i wouldn t have the virus.He said yes the virus does stay in ur system 4 ever and it is true some women can get cancer.so keep goes for pap smars. Oh he also said a condon does not protect you againt the virus.


2/5/2005


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Eveh though you and your partner have HPV you still should use a condom. Little do you know your body is trying to fight the virus and by you and your partner not using a condom its making it harder for both of yall to get rid of so USE A CONDOM EVEN IF YOU AND YOUR PARTNER ALREADY HAVE IT.


4/22/2006


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Yes, because if not it could only make it worse. I just found out that i have it too. I am going to get treated for it and hopefully it will get better. vjordan


6/2/2006


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As an OB/GYNE RN..I''m surprised by the lack of correct information floating around out there.

1. HPV is spread thru skin to skin contact, similiar to other types of wart transmission. While it is true that condoms do not protect against the transmission of the virus, they do prevent against the transmission of other viral based STD's like HSV and HIV. Once a virus replicates in your cells it's there for life. Whether or not you become symptomatic is another story all together.

2. Both commons classifcations of HPV (low risk and high risk) can be EASILY passed from man to women and vice versa. All partners infected can become carriers without breakouts or cerival change or can become symptomatic.

3. HPV breakouts commonly occur in times when our immune systems are compromised. ie. illness, stress, smoking, unheathly lifestyles.
One of the easiest and greatest things a woman with HPV can do is to take a daily multivitamin. Vitamins do boost the immune system and can sometimes help the body to clear minor HPV outbreaks.

4. The virus can be dormant for quite a few years. I've seen patiens married for 8-10 years who are now breaking out.

5. Men can be tested DNA wise, but it's expensive. If you are a man who has what he thinks is an outbreak, get to a doctor right away. The only way to accurately detect HPV in men is to remove a wart and send it to a pathologist for testing.

6. It is true that in the presence of an acidic solution (white vinegar), HPV lesions will turn a milky white color, but so will HSV lesions. See doctor to rule out HSV vs. HPV.

7. Leep procedures are used to cure the dysplasia (abnormal cellular change) of the cervix caused by HPV. Just becuase you have a leep that gets rid of the problem once, doesn't mean it can't occur again.

8. As of 8/8/06 there is NO cure for HPV once you are infected. However, some studies have shown that especially as women age, they seem to be able to fight the virus off better and a small percentage have no problems with paps ever again. Be aware that a pap smear only can only detect the presence of HPV on your cervix. If you are not shedding the virus, chances are you can have a clean pap. Ask for the HPV DNA test to be sure, if you are not sure if you have HPV.

9. The new HPV vaccine is designed for women under the age of 26 who have not been exposed to HPV and/or are not sexually active. The vaccine is a series of 3 shots and is expensive. It does not protect against all strains of the virus, just against the most common strains. The vaccine has not been tested on women/men already exposed to the HPV virus.

10. The best thing you can do to protect yourself if you are a woman is to have good gynecological care. You should see your gyne yearly, and more so make sure you follow up if your paps are abnormal.

If you are a man, make sure to see your doctor immedieately if you have a break out.

And for god's sake everyone stop blaming each other. People have sex...that's not going to change. Just wear condoms to protect from more nasty STD's and be honest with your partners.

Get vaccinated if you are not sexually active, but thinking about it!!! Ask your doctors!!

RN IN CHICAGO


8/8/2006


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Even if you both have the virus, allowing yourselves to keep reinfecting each other, is just going to result in more outbreaks in more places and the undoing of successful past treatments. Cover up.

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Nuclear321


7/12/2007


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Gee, maybe you should use condoms to, you know, not get pregnant.

Some people shouldn''t breed.


12/2/2006


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My doctor told me to stop having sex until the warts go away. Even when you use a condom, your man can spread the virus around inside your vagina to areas that were not infected before.


5/27/2005


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Ok, depending. If your married you don''t need to use a condom ( how would you get Pregnant?). So just take that stants. Don't have sex (in my opinion at all)OR(w/o condoms) unless your married.

The ping pong factor is a myth I'm busting read accurate information go to the CDC or call them. It's bull Genital Warts this idea people are putting out about celebate. Sex is normal adn healthy plus this Virus gos away.

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Teena


3/3/2005


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nobody here can agree it seems. Sex, no sex, condom, no condom. these answers vary so badly that we will never know for sure. Unless, someone who is a doctor, and can prove it, will fill us in on the true details of hpv research. But how is it possible to determine who really knows, who thinks they know because they read it from some unknown source, and who thinks they know because they had a zit on their junk at one point in their life and it happened to disapear on the same morning that they ate homemade pancakes. HEY THAT''S IT. PANCAKES, that will do the trick. I'm only kidding, don't run to the kitchen, unless your hungry of course. seriously though, is there a doctor in the house?


5/30/2004


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if you aren''t married, I would highly suggest to still use condoms. altough you can still get the diesease with condom use, if he or you have some other std, it can be transmitted. dont listen to anyone else. use condoms. it's the safest way to go


8/19/2003


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There is no reason to use condoms now but when you start taking treatment then use a condom or the best way to get rid of it is not to have sex for 6 weeks after they have gone away, then make shure to use a condom.


6/7/2003


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it''s a good idea to use condoms because my doctor told me that your body could eventually get rid of the virus on its own. so if you both are infected, using condoms will give yall both the chance to get rid of the virus before going unprotected. there is also the risk of becoming pregnant and infecting the fetus with the virus, transmitting a very fatal strain of HPV that would close up the child's throat, preventing it from breathing


8/3/2003


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i disagree with comment number 2! using a condomn will protect your from alot of things but not everyone. and writing that bulliten to insult people ISNT MAKING IT ANY BETTER! HPV isnt curable but it is treatable and it is not a life or Genital Warts situation. I dont know much about it but i do know that from my expierence i have learned alot. and in the end, everything will be ok if you just stay on top of it with your oyb. o and as for comment number 2.. EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES AND THEY LEARN FROM IT SO I DONT KNOW WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MOUTHING OFF TO THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME.

P.S AND AS FOR EVERYONE ELSE, IT IS IN GODS HANDS NOW AND TRUST ME EVERYTHINGWILL BE OK.

THE MOST I KNOW ABOUT IT IS THAT THERE ARE MANY KINDS AND ITS TREATABLE AND IF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS STRONG ENOUGH YOU CAN FIGHT IT OFF ON YOUR OWN.

I HOPE WHAT I SAID CAN HELP YOU


6/30/2007


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It seems like many people have alot to say about the prevalence and stigma of HPV, but for some reason like posting it on this site..there are many articles coming out in the news about this ,and if people want to put their 2 cents in, why not try contacting major news editors w/ your opinions... here are a few:

Go to Reuters.com (feed back link on bottom of page)
Send to info@ap.org (associated press)
Send to support@abcnews.go.com
Send to Health@MSNBC.com


3/22/2005


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hpv will not cancel out it can become worse
and deppending on the type you have can cause cancer.


2/21/2005


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dumnass people some one said earlyer that they werent worried about getting hpv it was like getting a cold it will go away well aids(HIV) will not go away and after you get aids most people dont live 5 years after they contact it so think about that and also you can''t tell
when some one has aids by looking at them

and chances are if your having unprotected sex
then you probaly have aids and I'm not just saying that to be mean it's 100 percent true.
2 out of every 10 people have aids. may no seem
like a lot but think about it because it is.


2/21/2005


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I just finished treatement for genital warts as well as laser treatment on my cervix. I have delt with alot of doctor''s that all told me the name thing... there is no reason for a condom when my husband and I both have HPV. THIS IS A FACT. This is a virus that you both have and you cannot catch it again from each other!


6/23/2005


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omg some of you need to read the question.... shes not asking about having sex with every other guy out there.... shes talking about having sex with her bf. the one that gave it to her. so shut up about getting aids and wat not. if neither of you have aids and ya''ll only sleep with eachother, then who is getting aids!? HPV will no be transferred back and forth. but it never goes away..... its like that ugly shirt in the back of your closet. you know its there, its always going to be there cuz you never through it out...... but you never wear it..... make since? so anyways.... the only thing I can think of is dont have sex when you see warts? but thats a given


8/11/2005


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I had an abnormal pap smear before I started dating my current bf and my bf was a virgin. He developed warts a year after we started having sex. I have had normal paps since then and no symptoms, so that does that mean my immune system cleared it from my body? My bf has had warts for a few months now. He is getting treated with a cream. We don''t use condoms since I am on birth control and we are exclusive. Is there a strain that would cause an abnormal pap for me and then warts for him?


1/31/2006


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I was also told that one the couple has it they have it, however it is always good you use a condom. Just think about it, if I condom was used in the first place this would not be a issue 9/10. I think the Person who responded and said people who said its ok to not use one is crazy! I agree. I just found out that I have HPV and me and my boyfriend really dont know who gave it to who because I just now started getting regular check ups and there is no test for men. I feel like I am lucky to have a mild virus compared to things such as AIDS thats really out there and can easily be caught from not wearing a condom. Us not knowing who passed it to who almost cost us our relationship because no one wanted to have a virus at all. I am just thankful that I do not have HIV. I have learned from this and I learned that I need to do more things to protect my body. Eventhough we both have HPV I have made up my mind that I want to used a condom from now on. Although we can not pass HPV back and forth it does not stop other diseases from being passed back and forth. If any thing it has taught me..it has taught me to WAKE UP! and see that not using protection can lead to serious problems and that I need to make SMARTER decisions.

By:
pretty20


1/23/2008


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use a condom. if you dont you will just be giving the virus back to yourself. it is true you can eventually get rid of the virus if you have low risk hpv, but you need to be protected. Goodluck I hope you do the right thing. As for my friend she has high risk hpv and just went through surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells which was caused by the high risk hpv virus.


6/23/2005


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just like some other people said on this site before me.your body can get rid of the viruse if you take care of your self,if you dont use condoms you run the risk of catching it again.

also if I must point out dumbass,
how old are you people and how can any one be that stupid. stop and think about you question.
why why why... well because if your boyfriend gave you hpv then what is he going to give you in the future. you have already have hpv do you want aids, or some other std?pease be smarter in the futer and make him ware a condom.if he dosent want to make him or dont have sex with him.


some of you people who come here to chat are really stupid you only think of what you have,
think about what else you can get,HIV is something all of you should think about thousands of people die every year from HIV.


2/21/2005


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you and your boyfried will not pass the virus back and forth to eachother.....it will cancel out


8/2/2004


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because you could possibly get rid of the outbreaks of them and not have to go through seeing the actual warts even though you cant get the virus out of your system


6/1/2005


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because ur blonde


9/11/2005


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go to www.ashastd.org.....once you and him both have it you have it thats it..u cant keep passing the same virus back and forth if you already have it..now if he cheats or u cheat and pick up a different type of hpv than thats a different story.....


4/22/2007


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what do you have to do to get AIDS


5/1/2007


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You say that its ok having unprotected w/ ur boyfriend, hello! he could be cheating on you!
And to be more sure, take ur ass to get checked, that is so f*** stupid that you ask him: do u have any disease! im sure hell tell u the truth! Take his ass to the free clinic and urs too and get checked out, and being a virgin is sthg. to be proud of. Sex is a natural part of life, but its not the only thing in life, if you can wait why not, masturbate, if u have too-i could never put myself in a situation where I know all the diseases out there and then have unprotected-or just have a new guy a month-just b/c ur faithful doesnt mean he is-Imagine all the people each of u f*** w/ i cannot see how that does not worry you people, of course you dont have to wait til marriage, but damn, most of you by the time you are 20, already had 30 partners! Wear ur damn rubber, take ur baths, go to the clinic every month, and close ur legs.


11/22/2005


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Ask you doctors they are right and so are the hotlines. Also if you are going to take any of these suggestions true fully listen to the box that has numbered suggestions. These suggestions seem logical and they are what I have heard and read about numerous times. Other than that the majority of these suggestions are based on assumptions.


7/10/2005


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I cant believe half of these people on here.
Like the people that DONT have a problem and they are posting like the people that do have a problem should kill themselves or something!
Seriously stop being so mean and stupid!

I have had one boyfriend...so that means sex with one person. We are planning on getting married as we are talking about engagement in the near future. He has had partners before me and I have had none. He is my one and only. Unfortunetly i have contracted HPV from him, and he obviously didnt know he had it, therefore he did not make me aware of it. It''s horrible i know. Sometimes i sit down and think how could i live with myself. I feel gross and unwanted at times, but through it all I know that there could be worse things.

What happens when i want children with my husband? Because we both have the virus we should NEVER have sex without a condom again? That is going to be really hard when trying to have a baby. For the time being i will use condoms...but what are the risks of not using one if two people infected keep on having sex?
And for those of you who keep on saying mean and unjustified things should stop, because i guess you dont know what it feels like to be completely in love and have to deal with this, and all the precausions, and warnings for the future. It ruins a part of your life that your never going to have peace with again. Please try to have a little heart.

Thanks! :-)


6/25/2006


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what is the regular number for herpes.


10/18/2005


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For current, objective and professional information, visit the following link to read a report by The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) which is a non-profit membership association comprised of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health:

http://www.arhp.org/healthcareproviders/onlinepublications/clinicalproceedings/cphpv/types.cfm?ID=149



6/18/2005


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Young women are likely to clear the virus if their immune systems are healthy BUT you will just get it again if you continue to have sex with this boy. You should stop this premarital sex now and give your body a fighting chance to recover. HPV is the cause of 99% of all cervical cancers, it''s the reason you go have PAP test every year. many young women are now getting cervical cancer, and hPV cause cancers of the mouth and throat. It is not something to be trivialized. And condoms do not stop the transmission because the virus is transmitted skin to skin and most people do not have any signs of the infection. http://www.medinstitute.org/medical/index.htm


7/10/2005


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Use a condom.

By:
s


4/6/2005


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YES! you should a condom because HPV/GW is not the only std out there, duhh. I dont know about everybody in here to answer NO to this question but HIV/AIDS is still out there and is much worth than catching HPV and lets not talk about HERPES, GONORRHEA, CHLAMYDIA, SYPHILLIS and more. Wear a condom be safe, because once you have an std you can catch another std faster than if you didnt have anything. So yeah use protection and dont anybosy, I mean no one with you live especially not a boyfriend cause honey they come and go and they can definitely be real Genital Wartss at times.

By:
Ash2004


8/1/2004


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well....after spending about 10 mins on this site I have realized that most of you don''t know anything that you are talking about.

The doctors tell you to wear a condom because its a skin infection once you get it you not just infected so hey its okay. With the continuing contact the infection becomes worse...DUH


7/6/2004


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Look at it as insurance, hopefully he will be less likely to leave you now, but if he gave it to you in the first place you have to wonder.


6/11/2004


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Your boyfriend could possibly have two strains of HPV. One high risk the other low risk, point being use a condom whenever possible.I know that there is a possiblity to have more than one strain, because I do.

By:
Lyndsy


11/18/2004


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So you don''t pass it to any one else. or so it don't get whors.


5/10/2005


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You need to wear a condom no matter what. Why put yourself at risk and the future of your children. Listen truth be told ... we have not respected ourselves for years and the punishment is STD''s and cancers. You will meet someone in your future who you know nothing about and you will have been one of those "who saved themselves" and one day you find out you have something. Respect yourself, your body is yours and no one elses. Don't continue to make mistakes because you are in love or whatever the reason may be. Your body is one thing that no one has control over. Protect it! God Bless and I hope that you really look in the mirror and love what you see.


3/28/2008


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Genital Warts you anonymous, age 20. get off your high horse.


3/1/2010


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First of all the thought of two infected people going at it just sharing the infection is discusting. Use ur head, wear a condom.


5/6/2010


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Since you and your boyfriend are both infected, condoms won''t really do anything becasue they do not really help in preventing the transmitting of hpv. On the other hand, condoms have been proven to help in the prevention of becoming pregnat.

By:
ace8165


1/9/2003


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