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    HPV in a monogomous relationship
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    An_249322 posted:
    Hello,
    I have been married for 12 years. I just tested positive for HPV in my latest pap. My pap last year was negative for hpv. I have always been faithful to my husband. How can I have hpv? my dr said it's sexually transmitted. Can it have been dormant all this time until now - either in my or my husband? I honestly would never believe he would cheat on me??

    I'm so upset and confused and my husband is unreachable at work until noon and I'm starting to freak out.
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    elle0317 responded:
    You likely contracted it years ago. Cervical cell changes due to HPV normally takes years after the initial infection before it's detecable during a pap. Pap only tests for cervical changes due to HPV, it does not look for the actual virus in your body.

    There is a chance that your husband had it prior to meeing you and gave it to you, or you could have picked it up from a partner before meeting your husband. Unfortunately you will never know where it came from, unless you were a virgin prior to marriage. HPV is the most common STD out there and often times men will carry and pass this along without the obvious symptom of genital warts.


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