A few years ago, I thought I might have contracted genital warts. Since then, I've had 4 PAP smears, all of which came back absolutely normal. So, I'm pretty sure I haven't got HPV. But, now I'm questioning myself. My boyfriend and I have had sex without a condom, and about 4 months after doing so for the first time, he's got clusters of bumps where his pubic hair is. But, these bumps aren't on his penis or scrotum, and the only showed up after he shaved all of his pubic hair off. I think they're HPV because of my past, and because that's what I think HPV looks like. He thinks they're ingrown hairs that got infected, since it's only showed up after shaving. He's using an antibiotic ointment on them, and that seems to be getting rid of them.
So, my question is, can I still have HPV if it doesn't show up on my PAP smears. I don't have any bumps myself. The other 2 partners I've been with without condoms don't have any instances of HPV. And, where do I go from here?
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Yes, you can still have HPV if it doesn't show up on the Pap. You can get a specific HPV test. Unlike the Pap, the HPV test focuses on the molecular structure of a sample of your cervical cells and detects the genetic code of HPV.
Gotta love those geneticists.
btw, you should look into getting Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine. It's slowly becoming available in some areas of the US. If you haven't been exposed to HPV, it's effective against 70% of the HPV strains, and a majority of viral strains that cause genital warts. Even if you did have HPV, it's still effective against whatever mode of the virus you haven't been infected with.
re: the bumps. They may just be shaving bumps/ingrown hair bumps. To be safe, both of you should get the HPV test. It's obviously more important for you as a woman because of the risk of cervical cancer.
p.s. are you stuck in Philadephia?
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Only about 1% of people carrying wart-causing straing of HPV will ever have warts. HPV can have a VERY long incubation period. It can take up to three years for symptoms to show up. So if your bf has genital warts, he may have contracted the virus eons ago from another partner.
btw, it's cool to see you back on the boards, pink.
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