There is conflicting information online regarding the ability to have unprotected sex after genital warts have been removed. I was diagnosed with genital warts over a year ago. After prescription creams and home remedies failed, I had them burned off with acid. That worked and they didn’t return, however my partner of 8 years still contracted anal warts either from unprotected sex we had before I realized I had the warts or from unprotected sex we had after the warts were removed. He had to have invasive surgery under general anathesia to remove them...it was a terrible and traumatic experience. Because he has read that there is no way to know if the virus still lingers after the warts are gone, he has said he will never have unprotected sex with me again. That is devastating to me that I will never again be able to have that level of intimacy with my partner. For me, unprotected sex is one of the most intimate acts and greatest benefits of a long term committed relationship. But it’s not fair to put my partner through that awful surgery again.
HPV has caused me tons of distress, it has driven a wedge in my relationship, it has cost me and my partner thousands of dollars in medical costs, and it all-around has significantly decreased my quality of life more than any other medical condition I've ever had. But people on the internet are climbing over each other to declare that "it's no big deal". Yes it definitely is...and the medical community doesn’t seem to be doing much about it.