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HPV oral sex risk

By January 29, 2015 - 5:51am
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I got all 3 doses of the Gardasil vaccine in 2006. I recently received oral sex from a man who i know for 100% certainty has had vaginal sex with a woman who had a strain of HPV that caused genital warts on her. In my situation, There was no other genital touching of any kind (besides the oral sex obviously), and now I am freaking out wondering if I could now have HPV via his saliva from receiving oral.

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I would like to ask ask. I was diagnosed with high risk hpv 10 years ago. I have not tested positive since then. I had the leep procedure done. Now since I have not had a positive test in 10 years is it safe for my new partner who is well over 40, who didn't receive any Gardsil- shots will it be ok for him to perform oral sex on me? I'm not sure, but apparently the virus has gone dormant and my immune system must have suppressed the virus. We haven't had sex but I trust him and it's time after a year of dating.

February 21, 2015 - 6:53am
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Hello tj1999,

According to the CDC, in most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems.

For the benefit of all our readers, Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a wire loop heated by electric current to remove cells and tissue as part of the diagnosis and treatment for abnormal or cancerous conditions in a woman’s lower genital tract.

LEEP is done to diagnose or treat genital warts, which may indicate infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), a risk factor for developing cervical cancer.

Before engaging in oral sex with your new partner, please talk with your gynecologist or attending physician who has treated you for HPV in the past.


February 23, 2015 - 11:02am

Hello Blue123,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. That is a very good question.

The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, protects protect males and females against diseases ,including cancers caused by HPV when given in the recommended age groups. HPV vaccines are given in three shots over six months; it is important to get all three doses.

In your situation, you are protected.

Human papillomavirus is a group of more than 150 related viruses. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females.

You can get HPV by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex.

I hope this information is helpful and reassuring that you are protected.


January 29, 2015 - 10:39am
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