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Hi anon!

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community. 

It is very common to get HPV as it is very contagious. 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.

Anyone who is sexually active can get HPV, even if you have had sex with only one person. You also can develop symptoms years after you have sex with someone who is infected making it hard to know when you first became infected.

HPV in most cases goes away on its own, however if it doesn't go away, it can cause genital warts or lead to cancer. 

Genital warts usually appear as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area. They can be small or large, raised or flat, or shaped like a cauliflower. A healthcare provider can usually diagnose warts by looking at the genital area.

More than 40 types of HPV cause genital warts. Genital warts can be passed from person to person through intimate sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal sex). 

There is no cure that gets rid of the human papillomavirus completely. But treatments can reduce the number of warts — or help them go away faster. Treatments such as laser therapy or chemical "freezing" is an option or a special medication.

I would suggest seeing a new OBGYN, one that you feel is concerned about your health and can address these specific questions. It's very important that you get proper medical care and attention so that you don't infect any other partners. 

Are you using latex condoms? I suggest that you use a latex condom every time you have intercourse as well as oral sex.

WIll you make an appointment with a new OBGYN and wear condoms with your partner?

Please keep me updated.



August 21, 2014 - 12:35pm


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