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My boyfriend has HPV can he give it to me through oral sex?

By November 18, 2015 - 10:39pm
 
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My boyfriend caught HPV from a previous partner now I am worried since I received oral sex from him could this mean he gave me HPV also?

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Hello Hernmon19,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us.

You are at risk for developing HPV as a result of having oral sex with your boyfriend who has the virus. HPV is transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact. 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.

Human papillomavirus or HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type.

It might be a good idea to find out which type of HPV your boyfriend has.

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. There is no treatment for the virus itself, but there are treatments for the problems that HPV can cause.

Regards,
Maryann

November 19, 2015 - 9:20am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I didn't give my boyfriend oral sex he gave me oral sex, is it a possibility he gave it too me?

November 19, 2015 - 8:10pm
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Hello Hernmon19,

He has the virus and can pass it on to you.

According to the CDC, "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. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms."

Citing Harvard Health Publications, "Sexual contact, including oral sex and deep kissing, can transmit HPV from one person to another. The likelihood of contracting oral HPV is directly associated with number of sexual partners a person has had."

Regards,
Maryann

November 20, 2015 - 9:59am
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