Telling a Partner

 
Do I tell my partner that I have genital warts?
 
It’s important to tell a partner if you have genital warts because genital warts are extremely contagious.
Having HPV doesn’t mean that you or your partner have done anything wrong. You have been exposed to a very common virus.
 
Also, it doesn’t mean that your partner has been unfaithful. The virus can lay dormant for weeks, months and even years.
 
If you have genital warts, you are in danger of spreading this active virus to your partner. Some experts say that you should consider yourself contagious for 4-6 months following the removal or treatment of the last lesion. So refrain from having sex with your partner or use a condom making sure that the condom covers the infected area completely.
 
Have a doctor examine your partner.
 
Educate yourself on HPV by reading through the facts on this website. If they have questions, direct them to this website for more information.
 
It may be possible to be over the infection if no more lesions appear in the 4-6 months period as well.
 
It’s important to find a caring and knowledgeable physician who understands the emotional and treatment of genital and anal warts.
 
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