How should I tell my partner I have HPV?

Paul  Hokemeyer, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapy

Tell your partner in an honest and direct way. An example of this is, "I'm very attracted to you and I need to let you know before we get sexually intimate that I have HPV." You don't need to make any excuses or apologize. Most people are afraid of disclosing their HPV status for fear of being rejected or judged in a negative light. If you fall into this category, you should rethink your relationship with your potential sexual partner. The most rewarding sex occurs in a relationship of trust and measured vulnerability. Sex that lacks these elements is transactional in more cases then not and leads to disappointment and regret.

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