The better educated you are about HPV, the easier it is to give partners the information needed to answer common questions.
Use the information in this section (and elsewhere on NCCC’s Web site) to give yourself a good foundation of knowledge.
Types 16 and 18 are to blame for most HPV-related cases of cancer."Unless it causes untreated cancer, HPV is not lethal, and it's very likely to simply go away on its own," Pizarro says.
Moritz isn't adamant about people needing to disclose those forms of HPV because they're so common and usually not a risk to your health.
This may be the area where you feel most vulnerable, and the lack of clear counseling messages can make this even more stressful, especially where relationships are concerned.
We regularly receive questions about what to tell either a current or future sex partner about HPV, for example.
It also lets him know that he might be able to pass that scarier strain on to future partners.
If you're dating women, they can go get tested themselves if they haven't already. “It’s not a badge of shame,” Pizarro says, so telling someone usually doesn’t need to be a huge production.
Many of the 150 viruses that fall under the HPV umbrella won't harm you at all, and you'll never know you had one because they often clear from your system all on their own, board-certified ob/gyn Antonio Pizarro, M. But there are several strains—usually types 6 and 11—that cause genital warts, or little clusters of flat or raised bumps you can pass to a partner.