my girl friend has HPV. What are the transmission risks to me? Can we manage the risk in any way?
HPV is a virus of the skin and the virus is spread from skin to skin contact. Most people who come in contact with HPV don't have an outbreak or show symptoms. The human body helps fight HPV off. It is proven that up to 50% of sexually active adults come in contact with HPV at one point or another. Only a small percent of people who carry HPV have an outbreak.
The chance of transmitting HPV to a partner varies. If a person with HPV hasn't had an outbreak for a period of time it means the virus is weak and less likely to spread to a partner. According to the CDC in "some cases" if a person hasn't had an HPV outbreak for 2 years the virus can clear the body.
The best way to lower the chance of passing HPV to a partner or catch HPV is to have safe sex. Taking a break from sex when a partner has a genital wart outbreak will lower the chance of catching HPV. A person without HPV can have a safe and successful relationship with a partner who has HPV.