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HPV
Aug 15, 2002

Ive been through several sites about HPV and most all seem to be contradicting to each other. How are gential warts passed on to a sexual partner? After all the viewable warts have been removed, can my partner still get them just by genital/genital skin contact, such as plane ole cuddling?? Is there a more detailed resource you trust with more information on this subject matter? thanks!

Response from Mr. Kull

Information about HPV is confusing because the mechanics of transmission are complex and sometimes elusive. We know that a person is most infectious when genital HPV lesions are present. It is possible, but unlikely, that you would transmit HPV in the absence of lesions. Part of the problem with HPV is that people don't always notice the presence of a wart, either because they are too small to recognize or they are located on the cervix or in the rectum.

By no means should you stop cuddling. If you are concerned about transmission to your partner, look out for symptoms, get regular examinations, and use condoms (especially if you suspect that you are having an outbreak).

RMK



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