Help! Dating With HPV

    A smiling couple on a date dancing with each otherWhat is HPV? If you learn that you have HPV, it’s important to be honest with yourself and your partner. If you don’t inform your partner, you are putting them at risk of contracting the disease and you are possibly endangering their health, especially in women.

    Remember, you’re not alone. HPV is one of the most common STD viruses out there. Most people who are infected never experience symptoms. For those that do, symptoms often come and go at different times. HPV while dating does not mean the end of your sex life. If you are upfront, at the appropriate time, with your partner, things will be a lot smoother down the road. Remember, someone who loves you will love you for who you are.

    It can be very scary to learn that you or your partner has HPV. You may hear the diagnosis and be worried that you’re going to get cancer, or have a lifelong battle with genital warts. However, HPV is extremely common, and most people with the virus never go on to develop cancer or have symptoms such as warts. In fact, many never have symptoms at all.

    Therefore, if you’ve just learned that you or your partner has HPV, don’t panic. It’s far from the end of the world. In fact, it may not change your life much at all. The best thing you can do is sit back, take a deep breath, and learn more about the virus.

    Get educated. If you know that you have HPV, or you know that your partner does, it’s of the utmost importance for both of you to be educated as to what exactly HPV is and how it effects your life. There are many myths out there and when people hear “STD,” they can get terrified. Education is the best form of prevention.

    Use protection. Speaking of prevention, use protection! If you are dating someone with HPV or you yourself have HPV, using protection when having sex is one of the keys to preventing the spread of the virus. A condom or dental dam can help to prevent the spread of HPV, but realize, the risk is always there.

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