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If my husband has HPV and broke out with genital warts will I get it?

By Anonymous March 31, 2017 - 10:09pm
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My husband has been diagnosed with genital warts. He has been sleeping with prostitutes for the last 10 yrs. he slept with one about 8 months ago and now again about 3 months ago. We have had sex unprotected my whole 16 yrs together .... he has an addiction and is getting help. Does this mean I have it as well? We have had sex in the past 3 months .. how long till my warts show up? Devistated ....just a waiting game

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Dear Anon,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern.

Genital warts are contagious and are transmitted by sexual contact with an infected partner. Approximately two-thirds of people who are intimate with an infected partner will get genital warts within three or so months of contact.


April 1, 2017 - 4:47am
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Hi Helena,

He has a severe addiction problem. We got tested in July and then again in Jan for STDs and they were all negative. I did an HPV DNA Test last week and am waiting on those results. My results from last week for all other STDs came back negative and his as well. He probably got Warts/HPV from the prostitute in Dec 2016. We hardly have sex because he never wants to with me. So in total maybe 3 times since Dec. I am really hoping that I don't have it .... If his warts go away and don't come back for 6 months and he doesn't have any re-occurrence in 2 years does that mean his HPV is gone? How do we be intimate if I don't have it and he does. I really don't want to catch it if I don't have it already. I will be testing myself every 3 months for the next year to ensure I don't have it

April 3, 2017 - 9:13am
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He should ask his doctor about his chances of reoccurrence. Using condoms can help protect against genital warts. Because HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact, it's possible for the skin around your genital area not covered by the condom to become infected. So you really have to be careful. But condoms remain the safest option.

Good luck with your tests. Hoping the best for you.


April 3, 2017 - 6:25pm
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