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STD: Is it possible to get HPV..?

By Anonymous February 18, 2011 - 12:21am
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My current boyfriend did oral sex on his ex girlfriend. It was her first time having oral, and he was her first kiss. However, because there are so many STD risks now a days, is it possible that if she did have HPV, he would have it too? Or can it only be passed through genital to genital contact? Usually HPV has no symptoms, and I havent done anything with him yet except fingering. And according to a volunteer at planned parenthood, stds can not be passed by fingering/handjobs, or anything like that. Anyways...is it possible he could have it and not know it?

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. How great you are asking these questions before engaging in more sexual activity. Yes it is possible he could have HPV. The virus is transmitted in genital contact, so when you perform oral, have sex (vaginal or anal), all those things can transmit a STD/STI. In males, the signal usually is genital warts--if he has them, he likely has HPV. Girls can be tested, but there currently isn't a test for boys. The surest way to protect against transmitting or receiving HPV is to use a condom every time you are sexually active with a boy. Hope that helps relieve some confusion. If you have more question, please let us know. Take care, be safe, and have fun.

February 18, 2011 - 9:50am
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