HPV (human papillomavirus) is one of the most widely spread sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. HPV may cause genital warts and certain cancers, such as cervical cancer. Many people who are infected with this virus are unaware that they have it. If you are interested in dating someone with HPV, you should become familiar with the virus and know how to protect yourself. There are a few things that you can do to help you date someone with HPV.
Learn About the Virus
Research and learn about HPV. If you are really interested in dating someone with HPV, then you should take time to know and understand the virus. Try finding information about HPV on the Internet or stop by a local medical clinic to pick up some pamphlets and brochures in which the virus is discussed.
Spend time getting to know the person whom you are dating. Try building a strong friendship with him and decide if this is someone that you want to have in your life. Do fun things together and be sure to discuss your interests and goals with each other.
Discuss your feelings and concerns about her HPV status. Be sure to let that person know how you feel and do not lead her own. Make sure that you are open and honest about any concerns you might have and be sure to ask questions.
Give him emotional support by letting that person know you are there for him. Many people who are infected with HPV need a strong emotional support system. So, be sure to invite him to call you if he is feeling down or if he needs someone to talk to.
Practice safe sex methods, such as using condoms. If you have decided to pursue a sexual relationship with someone who has HPV, be sure to use condoms to help reduce the chance of contracting the disease. Speak with your health-care provider about ways to protect yourself from contracting the virus.
Get tested for HPV. If you are sexually involved with someone who has HPV, you should get tested for the virus on a regular basis. Since many people have no symptoms at all, you can actually have the virus and be unaware of it. It is important to get tested so you know your status. Your health-care provider can let you know how often you should be tested.
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- There is no cure for HPV, but this virus is treatable.