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A 33-year-old male asked:

I've read it's not necessary to disclose to every partner that you at one time had hpv (a genital wart) since it's so common, especially if treated and symptom free for many years (2007)? true?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Felecia Sumner
Family Medicine 12 years experience
No: HPV is a virus, meaning that your body will never get rid of it, but it will learn how to suppress the symptoms. Even though you were treated and symptom-free, you are still able to pass it on to others. This is a personal decision, but honesty is the best policy.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 59 years experience
Do unto others------------
May 25, 2014
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Untrue: HPV is a sexually transmitted disease- many diifwrent viral types; however- it is your adult responsibility to make a full disclosure. Also- condoms will help.
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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 43 years experience
your partner can also consider getting the Gardasil vaccine
May 26, 2014
Dr. Felecia Sumner
Family Medicine 12 years experience
Keep in mind that the Gardasil vaccine only protects against a few strains of HPV, not every one.
May 27, 2014

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