Frequent Questions about HPV Genital Warts in Sexual Partners: Who Gave it to Me?

by Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger

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HPV Infection, Genital Warts, and Sex Partners FAQ: What You Need to Know 

I Have Only One Sexual Partner. I Have Developed a Genital Wart. Is My Partner Cheating on Me?

Genital warts may develop weeks, months, or years after sexual contact with an infected person. That’s why it’s difficult to know who gave whom an HPV infection. You or your partner may have been infected a long time ago.

Only certain strains of the HPV virus cause warts in the genital areas of men and women. Not everyone who is infected with a wart-causing strain of the HPV virus actually develops genital warts. That’s why it’s difficult to say when you got infected and from whom you got the infection.  

Genital Wart Removal in NYC

At New York Urology Specialists, we offer same-day genital wart removal. Schedule an appointment today.

We also perform comprehensive STD testing for other infections. We offer confidential appointments. Our prices are affordable with or without insurance.  Call/text today: 1-646-663-4125 or make an appointment online.  

I Don’t Have Genital Warts. Why is My Partner Blaming Me for a Sexually Transmitted Infection?

You could have been infected in the past with an HPV type that causes warts but you never developed warts yourself. You can still transmit the infection to your partner who may develop genital warts.   Another possibility is that your partner got infected prior to your relationship but warts developed only now.  It may take weeks or months and sometimes longer from the time of infection to visible warts to develop.

Can I Get Genital Warts from Oral Sex? Does HPV Cause Mouth and Throat Cancer?

Skin-to-skin contact during deep kissing and oral sex can transmit the HPV virus from person to person. The chances of cancer of the mouth and throat are higher in people who have had many sexual partners. Younger people can be protected against HPV-related oral cancer by getting vaccinated with Gardasil-9 which is the HPV vaccine.

Older people or those who are already infected can prevent the spread of the virus during oral-vaginal, penile-vaginal, penile-oral, and penile-anal sexual intercourse by using a condom or dental dam. HPV vaccination of sexual partners can decrease the risk or prevent HPV transmission from an infected person to their sexual partner(s).  The HPV vaccine may also be a reasonable option for older men and women.

Can I Get Genital Warts from Anal Sex? Does HPV Cause Anal Warts?

During anal sex, the HPV virus can spread into the anal canal can cause warts to develop. Condoms do not provide complete protection because they cover only the penis and HPV may be present in other areas, such as the scrotum, which is not covered by the condom.  Similarly one can get anal warts from anal sex.

I Don’t Engage in Anal Sex. How Did I Get Anal Warts Without Anal Sex?

It doesn’t matter if you have anal sex or not. If you have oral or vaginal sex with someone who has an HPV infection, you can get infected, and that can cause perineal and peri-anal warts in you. This is because of the proximity of the anal region to the perineum (the area between the vulva and anus or the scrotum and anus).

How Can I Prevent HPV and Genital Warts?

Vaccination with Gardasil 9 offers the best option for prevention. Vaccination is best administered before the onset of sexual activity (teenagers/adolescents) but can be given later in life.

Gardasil-9 offers 98% protection against genital warts.

What do Genital Warts Look Like?

You can find pictures of genital warts as well as before and after treatment images in our genital wart image gallery.

Scheduling Appointments for STI Treatment and STD Testing at New York Urology Specialists

If you have any questions about testing or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4125.  

We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners. 

STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI).  We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem.  We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause. 

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and woman with urinary problems and bladder control problems.   

We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:

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Call/text today: 1-646-663-4125 or make an appointment online

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained, board-certified urologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern, effective, and proven treatment methods.  He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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