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A 34-year-old female asked:

I had one sexual encounter years ago and my partner'scondom broke. he had hpv with warts. i haven't had wartsyet. would pregnancy make them appear if i was infected?

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Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Warts: No more likely to appear than without pregnancy. Sometimes the virus will show up on a pap smear. Ask your gyn.
Dr. John Geisler
Gynecologic Oncology 27 years experience
HPV: Warts can grow in pregnancy, but they don't just appear because of pregnancy. A condom does not fully protect you from hpv.
Dr. Christopher Scott
Dermatology 18 years experience
Too early to tell: Exposure to hpv doesn't automatically lead to infection. The transmission rate has been estimated to be 20%, but all it takes is one unfortunate event. In general, pregnancy does not lead to clinical appearance of latent warts. Make sure to use barrier protection.

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