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If I have had a negative hpv test after a questionable pap does that mean that I do not have HPV in my system or could it still be lying doemant and not show up on the hpv test.

By Anonymous January 15, 2014 - 4:34pm
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A few months ago I had a questionable pap and my Dr. ordered an HPV test which came back negative. Recently my husband had an affair and now since there is no male hpv test I am nervous about the possibility of getting hpv from him since I believe that I do not have the virus in my body and don't know if he may have picked it up from his partner. He on the other hand believes that the virus can lay dormant and not show up in testing until it becomes active. We did not have sex during the time of his affair or since. Could you please help settle this question so we can work on a plan? Thanks.

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Hello Anonymous,

You have two serious issues: your husband's infidelity and potentially being infected with HPV.

According to the CDC: "Most infected persons do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to a sex partner. A person can still have HPV, even if years have passed since he or she has had sexual contact with an infected person. It is also possible to get more than one type of HPV."

You are correct, there is no HPV screening test for men. Most men who get HPV of any type never develop any symptoms or health problems. However, some types of HPV can lead to genital warts. Other types can cause cancers of the penis, anus, or the back of the throat.

Anonymous, in my opinion, your two issues cannot be answered via internet.
You and your husband need to be examined by your primary care physician. Share the fact that your husband had an affair and your concerns regarding HPV infection.


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