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The Livejournal HPV community
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A safe place to discuss the HPV virus


Welcome New Members,

You have stumbled across livejournal's HPV community. This is a community created for those who have been diagnosed with HPV (commonly known as the genital warts virus) and for those who have questions about the disease. Please feel free to join and ask us questions or tell us your own story. You can expect a kind and welcoming response. Below you will find a section on the community as well as a small section on HPV info. Please make use of both before joining.

Community Information:

Regarding anonymous posting:

Because only members can post in this journal many people message me their posts and I put the post up for them. This is a good way to avoid having the HPV community listed for all to see on your user info page. In your message to me please include the text to your post, the subject line, as well as explaining if you want me to use your LJ name or if you would just like me to refer to you as "anon".

DISCLAIMER: Always keep in mind when receiving answers to questions in this community that currently none of the members are medical doctors. If you feel as though your health is in danger you should always seek the advice of a professional. Always take everything you read about HPV online with a grain of salt, as there are very few solid facts about HPV.

· there seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between "HSV" and "HPV." Please understand that "HPV" is a virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. HSV (type 2) is the genital herpes virus. They are two completely different STDs.
· If you would like to be a member of the community but don't feel comfortable with having the community listed on your livejournal's personal information then you can e-mail me with the post that you would like to make and I will be happy to post it in your honor.
· rules are: #1 be kind, #2 don't advertise without permission. #3 things talked about inside the community STAY inside the community. #4 If someone ever says something that you find offensive to your race, gender, sexuality, disability or a personal attack please contact me right away so that i can speak with this person instead of trying to talk to them youself.
· if you have questions or concerns about the community, or have some HPV links to add please contact:

the moderator:


Have you recently been diagnosed and know very little about HPV?

...here is a basic fact sheet

also, more importantly, here is THE MOST RECENT and accurate information about HPV from the CDC.

General HPV information:

"Genital HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Human papillomavirus is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains or types. More than 30 of these viruses are sexually transmitted, and they can infect the genital area of men and women including the skin of the penis, vulva (area outside the vagina), or anus, and the linings of the vagina, cervix, or rectum. Most people who become infected with HPV will not have any symptoms and will clear the infection on their own.

Some of these viruses are called “high-risk” types, and may cause abnormal Pap tests. They may also lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, or penis. Others are called “low-risk” types, and they may cause mild Pap test abnormalities or genital warts. Genital warts are single or multiple growths or bumps that appear in the genital area, and sometimes are cauliflower shaped.
" -CDC

Community FAQ

I had an abnormal pap test and the doctor told me I have HPV, does this mean that I am going to get genital warts?

Short answer: not necessarily

Long answer: there are over 30 strands of sexually transmitted HPVs. About half of them will give you warts as your major symptoms, and the other half will cause abnormal pap tests. It is rumored that there are a few strands that will cause both abnormal pap tests as well as warts. However it is assumed that if you have both an abnormal pap test and external genital warts that you probably have more than one strand of the virus. So basically, it all depends on what strand of the virus you have. If you ask your doctor for a strand test, s/he can probably give you a better idea about what symptoms you may display in the future.

How is HPV spread / transmitted?

1. Penis-in-Vagina intercourse (with or without a condom)
2. Penis-in-Anus intercourse (with or without a condom)
3. Oral sex (though very rare)
5. Genital-to-Genital contact
6. Sharing sex toys
7. Touching infected genitals and then touching uninfected genitals

Does a Colposcopy hurt?

It usually isn't the colposcopy itself that hurts, but rather the biopsies that a doctor will almost always do while doing the colposcopy. Generally pain could range from being "just a pinch" to "horrible." this depends on 3 factors:

1. Your personal pain tolerance
2. Your nerve endings (some women have more in this area then others)
3. How large of an area they biopsy

Best advice: take an Advil a half hour before the biopsy.

What is the best way to tell a partner / future partner I have HPV?

This is a VERY frequently asked question, and the following URL should offer good advice:

Can I still have babies?

Short answer: yes
Long answer: unless you have...

1. Had organs removed because of cancer
2. Are a man ;o)
3. Are infertile due non-HPV related factors

Then yes, you can have babies. However, in situations where a woman has an outbreak of genital warts at the time if birth it may be necessary to have a c-section to avoid the baby contracting the virus during a vaginal birth.

Can men be tested for HPV?
Short answer: no

Long answer: other then a physical visual exam to check for warts, a doctor has no way to truly rule out a possible HPV infection in EITHER sex. However there are a few different tests available that are somewhat reliable for accurate results.

My partner has HPV but I don't. How can I avoid getting it from him/her?

The only way to be 100% sure you will not contract HPV from an infected partner is to completely avoid most sexual relations. However most people aren't interested in this option ;o) so here are some ways to have safer sex with your HPV infected partner:

1. Always use a condom (still possible to spread the virus, but it is less likely)
2. When engaging in oral sex, only let your mouth touch areas that are covered by a barrier. Don't let your mouth touch skin.
4. Masturbate your partner but wash hands with warm water and soap before touching your own genitals.
5. Hug, hold and rub against each other with undergarments still on.
6. Avoid having intercourse at all while your infected partner has active dysplasia (most recent pap was abnormal) or visible genital warts. You can still contract HPV even without the active virus being present, but you it is less likely.
7. Giving a back rub, foot rub, & body rubs while partially dressed
9. Stroking, brushing, or playing with each other's hair (lots of girls love this :oD )
10.Caressing, tickling, pinching, & nibbling each other through clothes
11. Watching erotic movies
12. Showering together
13. Kissing or licking or fondling (except for genitals or anus)
14. Undressing each other or watching each other undress
15. Using sex toys (strap-ons, vibrators etc – be sure to wash them between partners!)


related communities:

hsv2 (the community for HSV/herpes)

web sites:



---The New Zealand HPV Project

---Information to Live By:Human Papillomavirus (HPV)



---Planned Parenthood


---National Cancer Institute, HPV

National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Hotline
1-877-HPV-5868 (toll-free)
2-7 p.m., EST, Monday through Friday

If you have any bumps or changes on your skin that you are concerned about, contact your family doctor, or a Planned Parenthood Health Center near you at 1.800.230.PLAN.

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