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big hugs... I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this.
As far as the big "C" is concerned, I assume you're referring to cancer. With all the talk about the HPV vaccine and cancer, it would make one think that any HPV virus would greatly increase your chance of cancer, but there are only a very few strains of the HPV virus that cause cancer, out of over 100 different strains. Plus, I dont think those cancer-causing strains actually cause genital warts. So if all of my info is correct, you don't need to worry about cancer.
Other than that, I really don't know much about HPV and transmission in a marriage. I do think there are medications you can take (like valtrex) that can reduce the risk. Maybe someone else will have more helpful information.
If it were me, I'd request that my dh get a second opinion by a different doctor though. This is a huge deal and I can't imagine how you're feeling. I would definately want to be SURE that it was HPV.
I do however, think it is unlikely that you can catch it if he hasn't shown any symptoms up until now, though. I would just abstain like you have been until everything has cleared up and maybe get a new doctor who is willing to listen to your concerns and help you figure out a plan to protect you in the future.
|I do think there are medications you can take (like valtrex) that can reduce the risk.|
|I guess I am just trying to wrap my head around this - normal pap smears, no warts, yet unprotected sex for 7 years with someone with HPV. You're saying that is clinically possible?|