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I have been dating someone for about 6 months who had HPV

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I have been dating someone for about 6 months who had HPV about a year and a half ago. He had warts and he said it was HPV type 11. He was treated and he warts dissappeared. He has not had them again since then. He has done a STD screening and is clear but of course they cannot check for HPV. I have not been intimate with him because I am worried about getting warts. What are the chances of me getting warts? Can they appear inside the vagina? Can they cause cancer? What are the symptoms to look for? How can I best protect myself from this? How can I examine myself to make sure I have any warts? How soon should I go for a checkup to make sure I do not have any?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr Norbert Scheufele replied 10 months ago.


in this case I can reassure you, infection with HPV needs a direct contact with existing warts. This can be prevented by using condoms. Warts generally appear in the outer vaginal area, you would have detected them for sure. So here is really no reason to worry.

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Dr. N. Scheufele

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
you are saying, only when he has visible warts do I have a chance of contracting HPV, or it doesn't matter? If I do develop warts, what is the treatment options?
Expert:  Dr Norbert Scheufele replied 10 months ago.

Right, if no warts are present, there´s no possibility of infection. Warts can be treated successfully with imiquimod cream.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Can these types of warts cause cancer? How long does it take for them to clear up typically?
Expert:  Dr Norbert Scheufele replied 10 months ago.

No, the warts don´t cause a risk of cancer.

With treatment they should be removed after 1-2 weeks.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
if I get infected how long will the HPV virus clear up? I read 1-2 years? If my boyfriend has not had any more warts since more than a year ago, is there still a possibility that they can come back?
Expert:  Dr Norbert Scheufele replied 10 months ago.

yes, it takes about 2 years averagely until the virus disappears.