Dr. Jones shares if a woman should contact her last partner if she is diagnosed with the Human Papillomavirus/HPV.
I think it's up to the woman. HPV is not yet classified by the CDC like gonorrhea or chlamydia where you would have to contact your last partner. At this time HPV is only put on the woman essentially for treatment and follow-up with a pap and any kind of treatment that she might have to have.
So I would say at this time, according to CDC it's up to the woman if she would like to contact her last partner. The problem is gonorrhea and chlamydia - you know who the partner came from, HPV - you have no idea of knowing.
So if you, for example, if you are a 30-year-old woman and you began having intercourse at 15, 16, that could have been when you acquired HPV. It might not have been in your 20s or your 30s that you acquired it.
So, you would have to backtrack to all of your partners and let them know. There’s no test to tell you where the HPV came from.
About Dr. Jones, N.D.:
Dr. Carrie Jones is a Naturopathic Physician with a focus on women’s health and hormones. She has a private practice outside of Portland, Oregon and is an adjunct professor at The National College of Natural Medicine.
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