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Can you have the HPV and try to have children

By Anonymous April 23, 2010 - 8:01am
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So, I am trying to get to the root of something. When it comes to HPV, since there is no cure and you will always be a carrier of the disease, are you still susceptible to passing HPV to another person even if you had the warts removed and have not had recurrences for the past three years? I am a male, now married and want to have children. I obviously cannot have children practicing safe sex.

Any ideas?

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The risk of you passing the virus on is very low if you have no symptoms, every ones circumstances is different but the complication of dealing with your mind is a different matter as it can be very hard if you are feeling guilty of passing it on. My advice to you is if you don't have any symptoms you should still practice safe sex as you can be lead astray from things you find on the Internet making you feel like a leper when you should not be feeling that way. HPV is very very common so you don't need to feel dirty or anything along those lines but you must always be aware of the virus in your body and you should check for symptoms weekly .

It is possible to have unprotected sex with your partner with out passing on the virus but as there is 100 different strains of the virus this is not say that you might catch a different strain in you are having unprotected sex. I will tell you what i have learnt after dealing with these problem myself, after many different consults with many different doctors and the best specialists available. If you are male as i can not speak for females as circumstance's can be different, if you have no symptoms you should live like you don't have anything. This has been told to me by many doctors and took me along time for me to believe but you should always be aware of the virus and check for any symptoms regularly.

The best way i have had it described to me is that if you think of a wart as a lesion, a lesion rubbing against skin can pass on the virus but you get your symptoms treated and you have no lesions skin rubbing against skin will not pass on the virus. If you want to find out more about HPV/WARTS please don't go just looking up HPV on the Internet as not all the information on the Internet is correct (BIG SURPRISE). Go see your doctor and remember not all GP's will have all the correct information so try and find a doctor who deals with warts on regular basis or you can always talk to a specialist like i myself have done.

I hope this has helped anyone who reads this in someway and please practice safe sex and remember that just because you have caught genital warts does not mean your life is over it just means you need to be aware, get your symptoms treated, keep a eye on things and you won't miss out on anything life has to offer.

May 4, 2011 - 7:50am
EmpowHER Guest

I appreciate the insight. Thank you for the information. There is a plethora of information about the virus but then that’s where it stops. Prevention is obviously the key but statistics say there are over 20 million people just like me. Then what? What happens to the people who already have the virus? The information is grim so I appreciate your assistance.

By the way, I love this website. I have posted questions on several other sites and never any answer. Congrats to whomever started this site that actually responds.

April 23, 2010 - 9:26am

It isn't that the vaccine is only good until then. That's just the official recommendation of who should get it. Every drug or vaccine is approved for a specific use, specific dosages, etc. Then sometimes things get used off-label, meaning for a purpose not specified, and new studies are done and maybe the drug or vaccine gets re-approved for another population or purpose. You aren't naive, it's medical/legal particulars that have to do with FDA approval.

So right now, the HPV vaccine is recommended in women up to 26. Whether providers are giving it off label to older women, I don't know. That's why I think if you two sit down with her ob/gyne and discuss your goals you can get advice on how to proceed with the least risk.

I hope that helps. I'm glad you are bringing these points up, because I think these questions are out there with a lot of people. So thank you.

April 23, 2010 - 8:56am
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She is 34 years old and she knows all about it but she is not infected. She gets tested frequently and she is free and clear just as I feel free and clear since I have had no recurrence.

Even since I have not had any recurrences, I am assuming I am still a living (walking) virus. I am sorry, I am a little naïve, a vaccine is only good until a woman is 26 years old?

April 23, 2010 - 8:38am

Hi Anonymous

This is a very valid question. I can say a few things here. Women with genital warts give birth all the time. Sometimes if they are having an outbreak genitally the obstetrician will perform a cesarean.

Has your wife been tested? Many people carry HPV and have no idea, so it's possible she already has it. If not, how old is she? The HPV vaccine is recommended for women up to 26 years old, so that may be another possibility. The vaccine protects against the most dangerous strains of HPV, including those most likely to cause genital warts. We have a section on STDs: https://www.empowher.com/media/reference/sexually-transmitted-disease-std-center

I think your best bet is to sit down for a consult with your wife and her ob/gyne and discuss your options. There is plenty of information about HPV all over the internet, but it is going to come down to the circumstances of your particular case and the health of you and your wife and the risks/benefits of unprotected sex. But know that people with HPV have babies all the time, and I'm certain you'll be able to work something out in your case.

Best of luck to you and your wife.

April 23, 2010 - 8:30am
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