Sexually Transmitted Diseases/HPV scare

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Hi John,

I have some concerns regarding HPV. My last partner developed a wart on his penis while we were in a relationship. It appeared several months after we started having unprotected sex, so I've always been under the assumption that he got it from me. In any case, I've never had any visible warts myself and since it's been over a year since I've had any sexual contact, I'm wondering if I'm ever going to have any problems. Obviously, I'd be horrified if the next person I sleep with suddenly got some genital warts. I'm just wondering how cautious I should be moving forward. I have a pap test scheduled and assuming the results are normal, can I safely assume that my immune system has 'cleared' the infection? Is my 'HPV scare' something that I should mention to future partners, or will it only serve to pass on to them the same kind of anxiety and paranoia that I've experienced?

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MK,

Unless you've been confirmed to actually have the STI, then don't assume you have HPV. With that said, it IS possible that you had it and passed it to your partner, but you show no symptoms yourself and you likely never will. HPV can be a funky STI in that nearly 50% of all sexually active people will get it in their lifetime, and yet sometimes people never show symptoms because their immune systems kill the virus. So perhaps your partner does show active infection, but he should be evaluated separately from you. Actually, you can test to see if his "wart" tests positive for HPV by dipping a QTip in household vinegar and rubbing the solution over the bump. If the area turns WHITE, then that's a positive sign for pre-cancerous or viral tissue, but if it stays PINK like the surrounding tissue then its completely benign and nothing to worry about. Let me know what happens.

Cheers,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

Experience

3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

Organizations
*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

Publications
American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

Education/Credentials
*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

Awards and Honors
Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

Past/Present Clients
*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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