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can someone get genital warts from sperm

By Anonymous November 26, 2011 - 9:56pm
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I was with my partner for the first time and we didn't use a condom. He didn't pull out either. I'm not worried about getting pregnant because I’m on birth control; however, he failed to mention that he previously had genital warts from a past relationship. He said he was treated and "cured" a long time ago. However, I know that once someone has genital warts they will always have the virus but apparently he didn't know that. He had no symptoms or warts when we had sex but I’m curious if I can or will get the virus from his sperm? Also how soon after intercourse can I go get tested in order for it to be a reliable reading? This only happened a few days ago.

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Hi Anonymous,

It is true that once you have the virus, it can return although him having them removed does reduce the risk. You cannot get warts from sperm, you can get them from him having them and then having sex with you when they are visable and you can and will notice them.

You should be safe for now but in the future, always use condoms. You should also pay attention to yourself to make sure that nothing shows up on you. HPV is very common and women can get them inside the vaginal area and can only be detected through testing from your gynecologist. If you have concerns, go get tested.

Here is a link regarding HPV and genital warts https://www.empowher.com/cervical-cancer/content/ten-things-every-woman-should-know-about-hpv.

I hope this helps.


November 27, 2011 - 8:10am
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