i bet you will not get a good answer for that on this forum......because no one knows if you are still contagious. I figured i would answer your post only because no one ever answers mine and it frustrates me haha. I am just like you one wart destroyed with two attempts havnt seen another since. Same unprotected scenario. I also am constantly on here and always suspecting little bumps. Its hard not to right? If anything know that somebody else (me) is in your exact shoes. I am 21 by the way and still in school. I want to try and start a relationship but cant seem to bring myself to do it. Good luck on getting over it.
Kevin84 is right that just because you don't have an active lesion doesn't mean that you don't have an active infection. Moreover, you know you have one HPV you may also have other HPV infections that you don't know about. You could have an HPV this is cancer causing (not wart causing) and not know it because there are no symptoms until tissue breakdown starts. There is no FDA approved HPV test for men but I have read of men on this forum who were able to get tested. You would want to see a specialist about that. You might also want to look into whether the HPV vaccine is available for men yet. It only protects against 4 of the HPV viruses but it does protect against the worst 4. There is no such thing as protected sex when it comes to HPV. There is a lot of genital skin that isn't covered by a condom and, yes, HPV can move on a woman from her external genitalia to her internal genitalia so presumably the same thing can happen to a man, that is from skin not covered by a condom onto the penis itself. There is some GOOD NEWS here though. You have both obviously controlled and maybe even defeated a wart causing HPV virus so your immune systems are functioning. Take care of yourselves and be choosey about sexual partners. Dinner and dancing is a lot less risky than sex. Good luck to you both.
Ok, so I am confused. Say your immune system overcomes the "wart causing" form of HPV, does that mean you are "wart free' but you still have HPV because that is what I am most confused about. I can swallow the fact I have HPV, but the biggest problem I have is the warts...if my body because immune to the warts, does that mean I won't have them again?
Hi! I asked that same question to my doctor who is a gynecologic oncologist specializing in HPV in women. He said that "we don't really know" what happens to the HPV virus when it appears to have been defeated by your body. It could really be gone or it could be hibernating somewhere like chicken pox does. The chicken pox virus lives in your spinal cord after you have the illness. It is possible to have HPV and not test positive for it if your body has cleared the virus with "cleared" meaning we don't really know what happened to it but it isn't causing trouble. A strong immune system is key to clearing HPV or any other virus. Since you are wart free you may have cleared the virus. It can reappear later if it becomes active again. Usually a virus reactivates only in periods of stress. Take care of yourself. It makes a big difference. Good luck.