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Got HPV infection and genital warts without affecting partner

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Dear doctor, I am facing a peculiar situation which is frustrating too. I am a 34 years old male. I was married and later divorced, about 2 years ago. But I started getting some symptoms of HPV infection in the form of genital warts, about 4 years ago. It was not so aggressive but some 2 or 3 warts in total in my genital area. Now it has become somewhat more aggressive, as I started another affair. I am sure that the first outbreak was occurred when I was with my ex wife. I discussed my doubt regarding this, to her. But she simply refused later that she underwent tests for HPV and it turned negative. But how come it is possible? Is she lying to me, or can HPV virus stay undetectable in tests? Can anyone get completely immune against getting affected even after having sex with affected partners? Please clarify.


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Expert:  Dr. Steve Merris replied 4 Days.

Thanks for your question and concern. As it is widely known and you may also know, genital warts or venereal warts and caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and is incurable through any treatments. It infects the superficial layer of cells in skin and also gets transmitted to others through skin to skin contacts. This happens easily while having sex and so, is widely known as a sexually transmitted infection. There are more than 70 types of HPV infections but a few are known to cause genital warts and some others are known to cause cervical cancer in females. They are really contagious in nature and can infect people easily through sexual contacts. Usually, it will be showed up within 4 or 5 months from the onset of exposure to the virus. But in some people it is seen dormant without any symptoms like genital warts. However in a pap smear test it is detected and can be confirmed. Hope it helps. Take care.


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