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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    If you have been diagnosed with HPV cervical dysplasia do you have to tell future partners about it?

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  • ACCF’s Vision is to protect and enhance women’s health by eliminating cervical cancer and enabling treatment for women with cervical cancer and related health issues, … View Profile

    ACCF's Medical Advisory Panellist Dr Gino Pecoraro gave this response:

    "Generally speaking, I believe honesty is a core principle in any relationship (especially an intimate one), so my advice would be to have a frank discussion about health issues.
     
    Having said that, there is evidence suggesting that the vast majority of sexually active people have got HPV DNA in their genital tracts, so a partner may well already have been exposed to HPV before the liason in question. Even if there aren’t any visible external warts, there may still be wart virus present which could theoretically be passed to a sexual partner.
     
    If the partner is a man, we know that cancer of the penis is relatively rare, so it might be of more significance if the partner is a woman.
     
    In any case this provides an excellent example of why EVERY sexually active person should make sure they are immunised against the 4 most strains of HPV known to cause problems. The vaccine is safe, effective and could prove life saving."

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