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    HPV and its effects
    gr8tful posted:
    Recently my partner told me that she was diagnosed with HPV after she had noticed warts around genitals. A couple of months later I started to notice that I had developed them as well. According to her, I caused it because I have had other partners in the past and she said that she has not. At this point, I guess I am not concerned who infected who, especially because at that time I had another partner as well, because our relations was in serious strain for years at that time and I got emotionally and then physically involved with this other person.

    there is the possibility that I got it from the second person, but she claims that she does not have HPV and does not exhibit any visible signs either. But interestingly enough, when she found out that I have HPV, she was not concerned at all and has continued to engage and encourage sexual relation.

    I got my warts treated with Cryo but after a couple of months they are back. She is the only one I have had any sexual contact with for the last 6 months or more. I am no longer with the 1st partner.

    My question is: Did my warts return because I continue to have sexual contact with this person? or they would have recurred regardless? Does continued exposure to a person that has HPV (according to her she does not have any symptons, has had pap done) makes my infection worse?
    An_252350 responded:

    Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
    Many people with genital herpes never have sores, or they have very mild symptoms that go unnoticed or are mistaken for insect bites or another skin condition.

    If signs and symptoms do occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite severe. This first outbreak usually happens within 2 days to 2 weeks of being infected.

    General symptoms may include:

    Decreased appetite
    General sick feeling (Malaise)
    Muscle aches in the lower back, buttocks, thighs, or knees
    Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the groin during an outbreak

    Genital symptoms include the appearance of small, painful blisters filled with clear or straw-colored fluid. They are usually found:

    In women: on the outer vaginal lips (labia), vagina, cervix, around the anus, and on the thighs or buttocks
    In men: on the penis, scrotum, around the anus, on the thighs or buttocks
    In both sexes: on the tongue, mouth, eyes, gums, lips, fingers, and other parts of the body
    Before the blisters appear, the person may feel the skin tingling, burning, itching, or have pain at the site where the blisters will appear
    When the blisters break, they leave shallow ulcers that are very painful. These ulcers eventually crust over and slowly heal over 7 - 14 days or more

    Other symptoms that may occur include:

    Painful urination
    Women may have vaginal discharge or, occasionally, be unable to empty the bladder and require a urinary catheter

    Genital herpes cannot be cured. However, antiviral medication can relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak by healing the sores more quickly. These drugs appear to help during first attacks more than they do in later outbreaks. Medicines used to treat herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir.

    For repeat outbreaks, start the medication as soon as the tingling, burning, or itching begins, or as soon as you notice blisters.

    People who have many outbreaks may take these medications daily over a period of time. This can help prevent outbreaks or shorten their length. It can also reduce the chance of giving herpes to someone else.

    Pregnant women may be treated for herpes during the last month of pregnancy to reduce the chance of having an outbreak at the time of delivery. If there is an outbreak around the time of delivery, a C-section will be recommended to reduce the chance of infecting the baby.

    Possible side effects from herpes medications include:

    Nausea and vomiting

    Home care for herpes sores:

    Do NOT wear nylon or other synthetic pantyhose, underwear, or pants. Instead, wear loose-fitting cotton garments
    Gentle cleansing with soap and water is recommended.
    Taking warm baths may relieve the pain (afterward, keep the blisters dry)

    Pregnant women who have an active genital herpes infection when they give birth may pass the infection to their baby.

    The risk of passing the infection to the baby is highest if the mom first becomes infected with genital herpes during pregnancy. The risk for severe infection in the baby is much lower in recurrent outbreaks.
    Babies of women who become infected during pregnancy are at risk for premature birth. The baby may develop brain infection (meningitis, encephalitis) , chronic skin infeciton, severe developmental delays, or death.
    Women with a history of genital herpes who have occasional or no outbreaks rarely spread the infection to their babies.
    georgiagail replied to An_252350's response:
    Good information; however the OP was asking about HPV, not HSV.

    gr8tful; you continued to get warts because your treatment only took care of the initial warts; it did not "cure" you of this virus. And simply because someone does not have symptoms is no indication that are not infected with this virus.

    rere111 responded:
    I have HPV and because of it I refuse to date again, how do you tell someone you have the infection without them thjnking the worst of you. I felt at one time that I have a desth sentence, but now I feel better about it . I have given up on dating. The man I caught it from refuse to admit he gave it to me and even has it, he is from Africa and thinks he can use home remedies and catches nothing I gave up on talking to him and is no longer his friend because he want to continue having sex and I disagree.
    georgiagail replied to rere111's response:
    Since you refuse to date again, the issue of telling someone you have this shouldn't be, well, an issue.

    When someone asks you for a date you simply tell them no thanks. If they continue to push you for one you tell them you have chosen not to date and your reasons for this are your own and private.

    You never have to feel that you have to explain why you have made this decision.


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