Those factors combined with the fact that HPV is often harmless means it's natural to wonder if telling is worth it, he says, and some doctors even say that depending on the specific circumstances, it OK not to."If you know you are HPV positive [with a low-risk strain not known to commonly cause cancer], I don’t feel you have to disclose that to your partner," Jacques Moritz, ob/gyn at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian, tells SELF, noting that even though safe-sex barriers like condoms and dental dams don't fully prevent HPV transmission, you should still use them.Moritz isn't adamant about people needing to disclose those forms of HPV because they're so common and usually not a risk to your health. My boy friend was hpv positive, he new it, but never told me, and he had infected several other girls before me. My x boyfriend had the high cancer risk hpv strain. After our relationship ended I contacted his previous girlfriends, one was fighting cervical cancer and the other had already had a hysterectomy...Indeed, it might seem like since the virus is so prevalent, there's no real need to inform your sexual partners if you have it.They either have it, too, or are bound to at some point, right? "It's a bit of a quandary—there are so many different strains of HPV that most people have had at least one," Idries Abdur-Rahman, M. Plus, if you're wondering whether to tell a guy, they can't even be tested for the virus, Abdur-Rahman explains.Doctors also recommend the vaccine for women ages 13 to 26 who did not get the recommended doses when they were younger.It’s important to note that women who get the HPV vaccine still need regular screening tests for cervical cancer (Pap tests).
To get the best protection from the HPV vaccine, it’s important to get all doses on time — and before coming in contact with HPV.
The sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus (HPV) is really, really, ridiculously common.
Around one in four Americans currently has HPV, and about 80 percent of people will get it in their lifetime—giving it the dubious honor of being the most common STD.
This is to help establish your own comfort level and is where knowledge really does equal power.
One of the most important aspects of coping with HPV, and helping partners develop a good understanding of the virus, is getting factual information and avoiding myths and hype.