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HIV & HPV
Oct 6, 2000

Dear Mr. Kull,

A friend of mine has just been diagnosed with HPV and she has cleared up the virus in a week but recently she has become extremely scared that she could perhaps also have contracted the HIV virus when she contracted the HPV virus. She had protected intercourse but performed oral sex on her partner, no noticeable fluid was ejaculated into her mouth. Anyway, are HIV and HPV related? And if so how related are they? Is it possible to contract HPV and not HIV? Also, do you recommend her taking an HIV test? Thank you!

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HPV and HIV are completely different viruses. People infected with HIV may have more serious outbreaks of HPV/genital warts than those not infected with HIV. There is some speculation that a person with active warts in the genital region may be more susceptible to HIV infection during sexual contact with an HIV infected person (especially if it is unprotected!).

It is possible to contract HPV and not HIV. Their only relation is that they are classified as viruses. Any person who has a sexually transmitted infection should get an HIV test to rule it out, but your friend should be advised that she is still at low risk for infection.

RMK



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