September 8th, 2008 10:54 PM #1Junior Member
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About a year ago, my boyfriend was being treated for some throat problems. He had some sort of polyps or something that he had to have removed. Then they came back and he had to go back and have them removed again. They were affecting his voice. I'm not sure exactly where they were located, but I believe it was in his throat and on his voice box. The doctor told him that it was caused from HPV (human papillomavirus) and that he contracted it from giving oral sex to someone who had the virus.
I was the only girl he was with in the past 5 years. (As far as I know). I haven't been tested, but I also never had any kind of symptoms or problems.
My boyfriend passed away a few months ago from an unrelated disease, so I never got to find out much more about his throat issues.
Have you ever heard of this before? Is it possible that I have HPV and passed it to him through oral sex without knowing it? If so, what should I do about this and is there a test that I can have done to check and see if I do have it??
Also, is HPV always connected to warts? Or is there different strains of the virus? And is it curable or not?
Any feedback would be appreciated.
September 9th, 2008 07:30 PM #2Senior Member
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Re: HPV question
There are many strains of HPV and they infect primarily the anogenital tract but can also be found in any mucosal tissue and this includes the mouth and oral mucosa and conjuntiva and respiratory tract.
HPV strains 1 and 6 infect both the genital tract and the larynx.
Diagnosis most often requires microscopy for abnormal cytology or assays for detection of HPV DNA
Your boyfriend could have caught it from his mother as transmission from mother to children during child birth occasionally results in laryngeal papillomatosis.
However in a few women HPV can be self limiting so you might have had it and not know. In some women the opposite occurs and they not only do not get rid of the virus but the cytological changes go on to become cancerous and you get cervical cancer.
Activation of the virus is controlled by the immune system and so the warts come and go and so it might not always be easy to detect but antibodies to the virus can exist and be detected in the blood up to 15 years after the initial infection.
Best thing to do would be to get a PAP smear