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Chances of HPV in PAP smear without sex.

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Me and my wife recently had a medical check up done . The doctor did a PAP smear test on my wife. The PAP smear results came out positive for high risk HPV . The doctor has asked us to repeat the test in 3-4 months and see if HPV is still present.

I never had any sexual intercourse before marriage and my wife said he never had sex before marriage . She had a boyfriend in college but never had a sexual intercourse with him . We are married for less than a year and we had intially decided to wait for some time before having sex . We never had intercourse.  

I have following qs :
1. Is it possible she could have contracted the virus from her non sexual relationship via activities like kissing ?
2. Is it possible that we got a false positive on the test?
3. Is there a vaccine available for HPV for men which can protect me since I believe I am not yet infected?


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Thank you for your query at
Let me address your concerns one by one -
1. Kissing rarely transmits HPV. Most commonly it is transmitted by vaginal or anal sex, and sometimes by oral sex.
2. False positives are less likely . Can you upload the report, so that I can have a look at it ? Also, once the test is repeated after 3 months, you will have more confirmation.
3. You can go for the HPV vaccination if you are under 26 years of age, and have never been sexually active.
All the best
Please feel free to discuss further.

Patient replied :

Hello Doctor, Thanks for your reply . I am trying to get the report release from the doctors office . 1. I am 30 so would the vaccine help me ?. 2. I read the virus is tranmitted from skin to skin contact . Can the virus spread by touching gentials . If I get infected what are the consquences ? 3. Can the virus get transmitted to the baby if my wife gets pregnant ? Would it have any impact on the baby ?
Regards, Omkar

Hello again.
Yes, please try and get the report.
1. Yes, if you are 30, and have never engaged in sexual activity, the vaccine might benefit you.
2. It can spread by contact with mucosa. Not by skin to skin contact.
As I said earlier, by oral, anal or vaginal sex.
3. Yes, there is a 5 % risk of the virus being passed to the baby, the risk increases if the mother has active lesions at the time of delivery. There is no serious impact on the baby, but it might affect the eyes, throat etc of the newborn.
All the best
Take care.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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