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A 33-year-old female asked:

i recently was diagnosed with hpv. and had unprotected sex with someone i am seeing. does this mean they automatically got infected? or is passing it on, only possible, but doesn't necessarily mean they got it that first & only time we have had sex

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Dr. James Lin
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No one knows...: ... the answer since exposure to infective agents does not mean contracting them, and contracting them does not mean developing their related diseases, reflecting personal strength/integrity of defense mechanism which has two lines: external natural barrier - skin/mucosa and internal humoral immune ability - white blood cells/antibodies. So, time will tell the story, but knowing exposure begins...
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: The majority of women over college age will be HPV positive on blood tests. The initial infection may go unrecognized and self heal. Those with active sores are more likely to pass it.The germ can then hibernate in your body indefinitely. You can then shed/pass it off & on or never. You may or may not ever have a related complication. So the answer is no---you don't necessarily pass it with sex

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Last updated May 28, 2017

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