• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Telling a Partner is a Responsible Choice

    Sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) has many forms. In some cases, genital warts are caused; in other cases, no signs may be seen. Some HPV cases lead to cancer, including cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus and head and neck (tongue, tonsils and throat), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Telling your partner you have HPV allows him or her to be informed, to seek medical advice and to take action to be protected in the future.

    On the Other: Many People are Afraid to Tell a Partner

    Some people do not want to tell their partner that they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) like HPV, because they are afraid the partner will break up with them, become angry or react in another negative way.

    Bottom Line

    Telling a current or potential partner that you have any STI may seem difficult at first, but many resources are available to help you. Being honest with your partner is important in a healthy relationship and will allow you both to be protected.


    Sex, etc.: How to Talk to Your Partner if you Have an STD

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Genital HPV Infection - CDC Fact Sheet

    Teens Health: Telling Your Partner You Have an STD

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