A potential parner has just confessed to me that he has genital warts. I haven;t had sex or any sexual contact with him yet. And I read the sti file on it (HPV), and i searched the boards, but basically all i've found is that using condoms is pretty much the safest way to protect me from getting them, should we have sex/sexual contact. How safe are condoms in this aspect? Is there anything besides condoms that would protect me? I am going to be getting the Gardasil shots, but how am i to know if the strain he has is one of the ones the shots will protect me against? can they test that? (and i know the shots happen oer the course of a few months, we would not be engaging in intercourse for quite a long time, at least until after i've had all three)
Condoms are not perfect protection against HPV, but it's the best you're going to get. HPV is spread by skin contact, and because condoms cannot cover all the skin around the genitals, they cannot offer the fullest protection. But like I said, it's the best you're going to get.
Of all the people carrying wart-causing HPV strains, only about 1% of them will ever get warts. The rest carry it silently.
Gardasil is great, and I'm glad you're getting it. Will you know that his strain of HPV is one of the strains covered by the vaccines? No. But the good chemists at Merck have done their best to pick the most common strains out there, so chances are, you'll be covered.
It's up to you to decide how much risk you want to take, and to minimize those risks as best you can. Condoms and possibly abstaining from certain sex acts are some options to consider.
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