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How does HPV affect marriage and expanding the family?

By Anonymous October 14, 2015 - 2:06pm
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My partner contracted the genital wart HPV strain 4 years ago and told me about it before we became sexually active due to his scars from wart removal. He explained to me that he can't pass it on since all of his warts have been cleared for years, so being as close as we are we rarely used protection which also resulted in me being 11 weeks pregnant at the moment.. Well, about 3 weeks ago he noticed a familiar, tiny wart right above the start of his penis in the pubic area. He immediately freaked out and contacted his mother who in return said we both needed to seek professional help and get tested to make sure I was clear. The STD testing at our local health department was booked for weeks, so we've been waiting. Well, the other day while washing my body in the shower, I noticed a tiny bump right on the outside of the opening to my vagina. I immediately jumped out of the shower to get a better look and saw exactly what I had seen on my partner's pubic area: a tiny, flesh colored wart. I scanned my vagina with my fingers and hand to see if I could feel any more and I could feel one more tiny bump in my birth canal probably right in the center between my cervix and vagina opening. My question is since I'm obviously infected with HPV and I'm with someone who also has it, is having unprotected sex bad for us? I know it's much more serious in women since it can cause cancer, but he's my husband and this is only our first child, so clearly we're going to keep having unprotected sex if we want to expand our family. I want to know how HPV is going to affect us and our health, and also if having HPV poses any threat to our unborn baby. Is it a bad idea to keep having unprotected sex even if we want to have more children in the future?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.

It's important to know that although HPV can cause cervical cancer and other types of cancer. The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types of HPV that can cause cancers.

It's imperative that you schedule routine screenings for cervical cancer so that any abnormal cell changes can be detected. There is no treatment for the virus itself, however, there are treatments for the health problems that HPV can cause.

With regards to having more children, I would speak with your doctor about the best options for you and your husband growing your family. HPV genital warts has been known to cause complications with your vaginal area that can affect your pregnancy especially if you have to have warts removed. But as far as your child being born with it, that is unlikely.

I hope this helps. Congratulations on your pregnancy.

Be well,

October 14, 2015 - 3:36pm
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