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    So I have been in a monogamous relationship for the past 8 years, so I don't have much sexual experience. Now I am single for the first time in my adult life and ready to mingle (ha ha). I have had feelings for my roommate for the past few months but we have kept it as friends. Recently I feel as we have emotionally grown closer and I very much would like more. The other night he let me know that he has HPV - non cancerous strain but basically he has genital warts. I believe he has told me so that I can decide for myself if our flirting should go any further. Problem is I don't know much about HPV other than reading on the internet that it is very common.
    I also have a fear that I could get it from sharing a shower and toilet with him? and if we were to kiss ever would I have a chance of getting it?
    I guess I should go to the doctor and get a vaccine and ask questions. Reading up on it, it looks like vaccines are only really given to women up to age 26 and I am 26 now so I guess its not too late!
    Any advice or knowledge on the subject would be greatly appreciated!

  • I would read up about HPV from several sources on the internet. Then consult with your doctor about getting the vaccine. From what I read, you wouldn't get it from a toilet seat or a shower. I also read that condoms are only partially effective since there is still some skin to skin contact for transmission.
    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
    ...
    Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

    From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

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    • I have read that HPV16 causes oral cancer at four times the rate in men as it does women when all other factors have been taken into account, due to a lowered immune response. Vaccination seems like the only way to guard against the HPV that can cause the cancer in many cases.
      I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
      ...
      Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

      From a speech by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, Richmond, Virginia

      Comment

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