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How long am I considered contagious with a wart that was lasered off the lower lip of my mouth 2 months ago?

By April 4, 2012 - 5:11pm
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Just recently diagnosed with HPV. To make matters worse my Dermatologist had to laser a wart off the lip on my mouth. So disgusted with myself not to mention I feel dirty and contaminated. He started me on some veregan ointment even though the laser took care of it 2 months ago. He said I am still contagious and could possibly infect my daughter by giving her kisses :-( I'm devastated. I know the virus can lie dormant, but how long am I considered contagious. I have NO open or draining wounds. I have NO genital warts. I specifically asked to have my OBGYN check during the colposcopy. Just disgusted, frustrated with my actions and confused. Please provide clarification.

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It is possible. As I mentioned there are over 40 types of HPV. Some types cause genital warts, oral warts and throat warts.

I suggest that you consult the dermatologist who remove the wart from your lip. Technically, a tissue sample from the wart can be sent to a lab for analysis to determine what type of HPV you have.

I don't know what is worse-genital or oral warts. That is something that you need to discuss with your physician.


April 4, 2012 - 6:05pm

Hi Ashamed,
It is understandable that you are having such feelings. But, you cannot beat yourself up over something that is already done and cannot be reversed.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females. These HPV types can also infect the mouth and throat.

In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections are not cleared.
A person can have HPV even if years have passed since he or she had sexual contact with an infected person. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected or that they are passing the virus on to a sex partner.

Unfortunately, you may always be contagious. Have you talked with your doctor about this?

I would strongly suggest that you have your daughter vaccinated against HPV. Talk with your pediatrician about the Gardasil vaccine.


April 4, 2012 - 5:27pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for your prompt response. Though I have no genital warts, is the wart on my mouth an indication that I have genital warts that have not yet surfaced ? Are genital warts and oral warts the same thing ? Whats worse, Herpes or warts? Sorry for the 20 questions :-(

April 4, 2012 - 5:35pm
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