Finding out that one’s partner has HPV can be quite unsettling, with or without genital warts. HPV, which is short for Human Papillomavirus, is a common infection that is often transmitted through sexual activity. Genital warts are small bumps that appear in the genital area. They are gotten due to an infection of HPV. Genital warts are also spread through skin to skin contact (with warts), usually during sex.
Go for testing
However, one must bear in mind that having HPV or genital warts is not necessarily a proof of unfaithfulness or infidelity. The first thing your partner should do is to remain calm and go for routine testing for HPV. This is because your partner cannot just assume that he or she is free from the virus. According to the Centre for Disease Control, HPV infections are usually temporary. A person can have the virus for years without knowing it and generally. Most times the infection goes away by itself without causing any health problems. In some cases, it does otherwise.
If my partner tests positive, what then?
Most men who contract it do not develop symptoms and sometimes people do not find out that they have it until they develop genital warts but more often than not partners share HPV. Nonetheless, if your partner tests positive, it still does not imply that you infected him or her. It is not cut and dried. It could be the other way around; your partner could have infected you with it. There is no clear cut way to know how long you have had it or which one of you infected the other.
Does it mean I was unfaithful?
If your partner tests negative, on the off chance that this happens, it still does not mean you were sleeping around. You might have contracted it before meeting him or her and might not have discovered if you were not exhibiting symptoms. The truth is most sexually active adults get HPV at one point or the other in their lives.
Can HPV be treated?
Though there is no precise treatment for HPV, it is not a death sentence. Treatments exist for health troubles caused by HPV such as warts. There are several wart removal remedies that can cure the disease permanently. Notwithstanding, your partner should reduce his or her chances of contracting the virus by ensuring that you both practice safe sex.
Reducing the risk of him/her contracting it
HPV is usually spread through skin to skin contact. So, using a condom at all times, during sex might reduce the risk. Since barriers are not foolproof, your partner could opt to get him or herself vaccinated against HPV if he or she has not already done so. HPV vaccines are much more effective if they are taken before one becomes sexually active. Still, it would not hurt for him or her to take the vaccine for protection against new HPV infections. The common HPV vaccine protects one from about four types of HPV infections, two of which are known to cause genital warts.
If you have genital warts, your partner should avoid having sex with you till the warts are gone or eliminated. Your partner should ensure that you start treatment immediately; the sooner the better. Although your partner can ensure that you use a latex barrier to cover the affected area during sex, to prevent him or her from getting warts, your partner’s best bet is to abstain from sexual contact with you till you get rid of warts.
No need to break up
Whichever way, your partner should not automatically break up with you because you have it. Both of you need to have a discussion about your sexual health, find out more about the infection and reach a consensus. Both of you might also want to check for other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)