That means if you sleep with a man and give him HPV, there will be no way for him to know he has it unless it happens to be a strain that causes genital warts and he happens to get them from it.
If you have one of the higher-risk strains, it could put the guy at risk for several types of cancer, and telling him gives him the chance to talk to his doctor and keep a closer eye on his health.
The sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus (HPV) is really, really, ridiculously common.
Around one in four Americans currently has HPV, and about 80 percent of people will get it in their lifetime—giving it the dubious honor of being the most common STD.
“I would just bring it up as saying you’ve tested positive for HPV, it’s super common, and a lot of people have it," he says.
First of all, they'll be able to reassure you about just how common HPV is.
Even ob/gyns have different ways of thinking about the potential risks, so be sure to bring up any questions or concerns with your own doctor who can discuss what your specific diagnosis really means.
She knew, at that exact moment, she wanted something more from him.
She had to be honest with him and tell him something she had never told anyone before.
But there are still reasons it can be a good idea to tell your partner.
Here's what you need to know before you give yourself permission to keep mum.