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What is the risk associated with having sexual intercourse with someone whose ex partner was diagnosed with hpv cervical cancer?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Very common: Hpv is prevalent. About 70& of all twenty year olds will acquire it by the time they become sexually active. Most individuals will clear it on their own in a few years so that by the time someone is thirty, only about five percent have hpv.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Read below: Cervical cancer is not infectious but its causative virus is. While many women are infected with hpv only some will go on to develop cervical cancer. You are at risk of hpv infection from a man whose partner had cervical cancer. This is why regular pap smears are important.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How risky is having sexual intercourse with someone whose ex-partner was diagnosed with HPV cervical cancer?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
We don't know.: What you do know is that this new sexual partner has likely been exposed to hpv strains that are the high risk type. However, it is unlikely that you or anyone else for that matter will go through life having never been exposed to hpv. Hpv is extremely common and hpv vaccine, getting regular pap smears and follow up/treatment is the only way to truly prevent cervical cancer.

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