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HPV Questions

I have a few questions about HPV:
1) Does treating warts lower the likelihood of spreading HPV?
2) How long does HPV live outside of its host? (I'm getting really sick of bleaching everything.)
3) Which types of HPV result in a cauliflower-like wart as opposed to a more flat wart?

My boyfriend has HPV with cauliflower-like warts. We haven't had intercourse yet (just manual sex) because of his HPV. I've been immunized with the Gardasil vaccine. So, I'm wondering, is he more likely to infect me if we have intercourse now than if we wait until he clears his warts? Since his warts are only at the base of his penis, does it really matter if we use a condom because a condom won't cover that area anyway?
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Do not have sex with him until the warts are gone. And then he should wear a condom for at least the next six months else the warts will return. For his own health, he needs to get them removed. And yes he is less likely not to infect you with no warts but its not impossible.
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Condoms don't offer full protection against hpv. Hpv doesn't live outside the host. Some doctors say 90% of hpv cases are cleared within 2 years, others say it goes dormant and can come back at any time .
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Gardasil protects against the 2 strains of hpv that causes 90% of genital warts
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Do not have sex with him until the warts are gone. And then he should wear a condom for at least the next six months else the warts will return. For his own health, he needs to get them removed. And yes he is less likely not to infect you with no warts but its not impossible.
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HPV can live outside of its host. If someone with HPV touches their genitals and then touches a foreign object (let's say a wall), then another person without HPV touches that wall two seconds later and then immediately touches their genitals, they can get infected. My question is how long it takes for the HPV on the wall to die so that the uninfected person can touch the wall and then their own genitals immediately after and not get infected.
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