It may also be a good idea to have resources to which you can direct a partner, so you know they turn to trustworthy sources for information.In addition to NCCC’s Web pages, see our Resources page for more sites with HPV information.Use the information in this section (and elsewhere on NCCC’s Web site) to give yourself a good foundation of knowledge.Before discussing things with a partner think about addressing any of your own questions or issues about HPV.You may even worry how the cancer could affect you. Most people with the virus never go on to develop cancer. When people do develop HPV-related cancers, they are usually extremely treatable.When caught early, treatment may simply involve removal of affected tissue.HPV DNA testing is not currently approved to test infection status.HPV tests are approved for clinical use with women as 1) follow-up with unclear Pap test results or 2) as primary screening for those over age 30.
Therefore, if you've just learned that you are dating someone with HPV, don't panic. Here are answers to some questions people have when they learn they are dating someone with HPV.Having HPV simply means you, like so many others, have been exposed to a common virus.It is not a reflection on you, your character, or your values, and conversations with partners should not be viewed as making a “confession” or offering an “apology”.We regularly receive questions about what to tell either a current or future sex partner about HPV, for example.The better educated you are about HPV, the easier it is to give partners the information needed to answer common questions.The bottom line is that most who have genital HPV DNA detected in research studies eventually test negative, often within a year or two.