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Forum Name: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Question: spreading genital warts through oral sex


 sonfire6 - Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:14 pm

i have a type of genital warts where i only have one wart on the shaft at a time. i treated it with topical solution and it went away. i had oral sex with another male 4-6 months after i treated it. a few times when i wasnt having an outbreak. he had a blood test a year after we had oral sex and came back negative. is it possible i did not spread the virus?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:56 pm

User avatar Hello,
Just some general information:
Genital warts are caused by HPV.
Chronic HPV can lead to cancer including penile cancer.
HPV can be transmitted to the oral pharynx causing subclinical condylomata.
(This last point is important to note because oral HPV infection from high risk behavior may double the risk of mouth and throat cancer.)

Therefore, use of condoms or abstinence are recommended for disease prevention.

An oral exam with magnification may help determine if the infection was spread to the mouth.

Take care.

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