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Does HPV Infection Spread Sexually?

Hi, I am 27 years old I just received a LSIL result for a recent pap test. I was told that it is is very likely that this could be due to an HPV infection, though they did not test for HPV, and this does not necessarily indicate cancer. I've done some research and I'm fairly okay with what I've found out but what I'm really wondering about is how this will affect my long-term relationship with my boyfriend. What are the implications of this for him in terms of his health? From what I've researched it doesn't seem that he can be tested for HPV, is this correct? Furthermore, since we've been together and sexually active together for quite awhile, is it safe to assume that if I have HPV, he does as well? Do we need to abstain from all sexual activity until this resolves itself? Thank you.
Tue, 29 Mar 2016
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Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

LSIL stands for low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. It means there is mild dysplasia on your Pap smear and that's NOT normal, but it's not like a cancer either.

HPV infection spread through contact with infected genital skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids, and can be passed through intercourse and oral sex. HPV can infect skin not normally covered by a condom, so using a condom does not fully protect someone from the virus.

I suggest you to undergo HPV test and if possible, do for partner also. Risk for cervical cancer is quite in future. Avoid intercourse until problem is resolved.

Good luck and take care.



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Does HPV Infection Spread Sexually?

Hello, Thanks for writing to us. LSIL stands for low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion. It means there is mild dysplasia on your Pap smear and that s NOT normal, but it s not like a cancer either. HPV infection spread through contact with infected genital skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids, and can be passed through intercourse and oral sex. HPV can infect skin not normally covered by a condom, so using a condom does not fully protect someone from the virus. I suggest you to undergo HPV test and if possible, do for partner also. Risk for cervical cancer is quite in future. Avoid intercourse until problem is resolved. Good luck and take care.