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HPV Warts Diagnosed over 10 years ago - am I still contagious
I was diagnosed with genital warts in 1996 and was treated for them. I was mortified and felt so dirty and ashamed. I haven't had any reoccurrences and have had normal pap smears since then. I have also had 3 longterm relationships since then. My most recent relationship ended after 4-1/2 years. No one developed warts while they were with me. I came to some kind of peace about my situation. I recently started dating someone and after awhile I told him about my situation and he ran for the hills. It was like it was 1996 again. I have no self esteem and feel dirty and ashamed all over again. I had my recent pap smear and dr said everything looked good. I asked her if I should even disclose my past to future partners and she said she didn't see any need for it. I think I would feel guilty if I didn't but the rejection fear is there and its real. What do you think? Should I tell future partners about my past? Am I clear of this virus now? Can I consider myself cured? I'm so confused because I read conflicting information on here. I just want to feel good again. But old ghosts keep resurfacing
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