Do I Have HPV After Genital Warts

Patient

Q: I am a 22 year old female who was recently treated for genital warts. The sexual health clinic that I attended told me that I would only need one more treatment but should work on improving my lifestyle and boosting my immune system to help my body fight against any further breakouts. They provided me with a pamphlet on genital warts which stated that it was very common and would eventually clear itself from my system. It also said that I would not need to tell future partners about having genital warts. I recently looked up this condition online and am now confused about what I have been told. Online it says that HPV is the cause of genital warts and that it can never be cured and that I should tell every and all future partners about this because they will most likely contract it as well. I have not yet had a pap smear but am assuming it will be positive for abnormal cells? I am very confused about all of this. Do I have HPV and will I need to tell everyone I have an sex with?

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