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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of not catching hpv from person who's infected when you have unprotected sex?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
Not good: But don't worry! hpv is very common and highly contagious. If you know you have been exposed to it, get regular pap smears and follow up as directed by your doctor.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Overall low risk: HPV is very common; all sexually active people are infected at least once, usually many times. If the partner has previously been infected with the same strain, s/he is immune to new infection. Transmission risk for just a single exposure probably is low. Most infections remain asymptomatic and harmless. See doctor if symptoms (e.g. warts) develop. Otherwise sit tight and don't worry about it.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How likely is the contraction of HPV if you have unprotected sex with an infected person?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Unacceptable: Is possible to be lucky if you only had unprotected sex once with an hpv +ve partner. No reliable ststistics available to give %risk or chance. But, even 1% risk would be too high, and risks must be in the 20 -50% range. Please get checked & get prophylactic or necessary treatment asap.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Some studies show a 70% transmission rate from male to female and 50% from female to male.
Apr 19, 2013
Last updated Jul 8, 2020

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