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    HPV and KISSES
    curious2475 posted:
    I am a 25 year old male who was just informed of having HPV. I am concerned about kissing. Can you spread HPV through kissing. or ONLY through Penile Genital on vaginal Genital touching/rubbing? How can you spread the virus? I am very worried when now being with another women. I love to kiss and touch/feel. Also, if your warts are totally gone and healed can you spread the virus when getting oral from a women? What is the risk , High or very Low?? Also, if your warts or gone and healed and you were a condom that covers the whole penis, what is the risk of spreading the virus to your partner? Does the risk get lower the longer you live?

    Can you pass the virus through your sperm? Whats the chances you transfer the virus to your child?

    One more question: Can your body/immune system eventually cure the virus the longer you stay celibate or stay healthy with no break outs?

    thanks for all who can help, very worried Male
    StanTheMan responded:
    Well, a little about the virus... HPV infections are held in the skin, and it is not in your DNA. Therefore, unless you have genital warts on your mouth (very unusual), you pose no risk to anyone while kissing them.

    You can only spread the virus through skin to skin contact. However remember that if you touch yourself and then touch a partner, you may spread the virus that way too. In other words, although your hands will not develop genital warts, they can carry the virus. You should wash your hands after touching yourself, even after usuing the restroom.

    If you have no present warts, there is a very low risk of you transmitting the virus to women during oral sex. I'm not sure of the probability though. If you're receiving oral sex, you may want to use a condom (this would be a good idea anyway with casual partners, you never know who has HSV-1... yes you can get genital herpes from receiving oral sex with an infected partner).

    If you were a condom during intercourse, you still have a chance of transmitting the virus to your partner. This is because HPV can infect someone anywhere in the "boxer short" area, and therefore a condom over the penis does not perfectly protect someone from transmitting the virus. I did read somewhere though that one couple chose to keep their shorts on during intercourse to help reduce the risk of transmission. I'm not sure how much that helps, but it sounded like a good idea to me.

    It is believed by many health professionals that in most cases, your immune system can supress the virus overtime so that you can no longer become symptomatic or pass it on to others. I believe that reducing sexual activity aids this process, along with staying healthy, as sexual activity disturbs the area. Taking a multivitamin, quiting smoking, and eating better or all part of boosting your immune system to aid this process.

    Hope I helped! Stay positive... a lot of people have this! You're defiitely not alone... I'm only 22!
    diz1021 responded:
    know a couple of your answers... as far as passing to your child im pretty sure thats not a 23 y/o female who found out at a dr visit during pregnancy i had hpv...i had baby naturally and did not have to do anything special for delivery and the baby is perfectly fine.

    I actually talked to my dr today about this he said the virus can live in your body for up to around 2 years before your immune system can rid it from you...but there are not test to see if you are over it or not! confusing i know!!
    SJP123 responded:
    The human papilloma virus does infect DNA, its a virus that lives in the body's squamous epithelial cells, otherwise there would not be HPV DNA tests and we could find a cure!
    angelbabye responded:
    hey my name is jennifer

    can answer some of your questions you can kiss without passing the only way to pass it is through sex. my doctor said fingering is fine cant be past that way. it dont know about oral sex. your warts can be healed but they can shed and very hard to detect as long as the warts dont touch your partner you are fine. but if its out of the condom and touches her she can get it. i know i can have babies without giving it to my child if i get a c section so i dont think you pass it through sperm but ill c if i can find out i was told by my doctor that i am going to have it for the rest of my life and its not curable except for freezing them off
    ZPRX42 responded:
    Seems like the info on this discussion may be inaccurate in light of recent research about HPV, e.g.
    elle0317 replied to ZPRX42's response:
    This only applies to HPV infections in the oral area, not genitals. If you have HPV on your genitals you WILL NOT pass the virus to someone else through kissing or giving oral.

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