This needs to be disclosed the way any other STD needs to be disclosed," Pizarro says."There are potential lifelong manifestations of HPV," Abdur-Rahman says.To be honest, safe sex isn't enough to fully prevent you getting STDs.Many of the 150 viruses that fall under the HPV umbrella won't harm you at all, and you'll never know you had one because they often clear from your system all on their own, board-certified ob/gyn Antonio Pizarro, M. But there are several strains—usually types 6 and 11—that cause genital warts, or little clusters of flat or raised bumps you can pass to a partner.And two other types can cause cancer of the penis, anus, vagina, vulva, head, and neck, Pizarro says.
Moritz isn't adamant about people needing to disclose those forms of HPV because they're so common and usually not a risk to your health.
It also lets him know that he might be able to pass that scarier strain on to future partners.
If you're dating women, they can go get tested themselves if they haven't already. “It’s not a badge of shame,” Pizarro says, so telling someone usually doesn’t need to be a huge production.
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“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.