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HPV

How can I protect my partner from human papillomavirus (HPV)?

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  • Even if you think the warts have gone away, there may be some you can't see. And even after the warts are treated, the HPV virus may remain. Using condoms may reduce your risk of passing on genital warts.

    The answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

  • AJill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered
    Both male and female partners can be immunized with the Gardasil vaccine to protect them from getting HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18.  Condoms can reduce (although not completely prevent) transmission of HPV, so condom use is definitely recommended. Direct skin-to-skin contact involving the genital area of an infected person can transmit HPV, so abstain from “dry humping” (genital contact without vaginal or anal penetration) as well as intercourse.
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