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I just had a normal pap but tested positive for hpv. Been married for 35 years and have never had sex with anyone but my husband. I go to the doctor every year and never tested positive. Should I assume my husband has cheated?

By Anonymous August 5, 2017 - 8:11am
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Dear Anon,

Thank you for posting.

No, it does not necessarily mean he has cheated. HPV may remain dormant (“hidden”) in the cervical cells for months or even many years. While dormant, the virus is inactive; it won't be detected by testing and will not spread or cause any problems. However, the infection may then “re-emerge,” perhaps due to changes in the body's immune system. In other words, It's possible for someone to have gotten it from a long ago relationship unknowingly.

What did your doctor say? Ask about the likelihood of this, that this might be the case with your husband, before assuming he has cheated.


August 5, 2017 - 12:46pm
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