This typically happens through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Approximately 79 million Americans have a strain of the virus. Half of all sexually active Americans will have HPV at some point in their lives.
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting the virus or spreading it to a partner.
Schedule some time for just the two of you, free from distraction and obligation.
If you’re worried about answering your partner’s questions, you can ask for your partner to join you at a doctor’s appointment.
Very rarely, HPV can also cause cervical cancer and other cancers of the genitals, head, neck, and throat.
Because HPV can go undetected for so long, you may not realize that you have the STI until after you’ve been through several sexual relationships.
HPV is very common, and if you’re sexually active, it’s one of the risks you face.
It doesn’t mean that you or your partner (or previous partners) did anything wrong.
This will help you and your partner better understand your risks, your options, and your future.
It’s very difficult to trace the original infection back to its origin.
Although it’s possible to experience recurrences of warts and abnormal cervical cell growth for the rest of your life, that isn’t always the case.
There, you can share your news, and your doctor can help explain what has happened and what will happen moving forward.
If you feel more comfortable telling your partner before an appointment with your doctor, you can schedule a follow-up discussion with your doctor once your partner knows about your diagnosis.