Can You Still Spread Genital Warts & HPV After You Get Rid of The Warts?

Aimee recently wrote in to ask me this question about genital warts:

You said it has been 4 years since you’ve seen any sign of warts.
I’ve done research, and it seems that even if the warts are not visible (they seem to be gone), they are still in your blood stream? I could have read wrong but if so, having sex may bring them back if unprotected?
I’m just thinking in future terms for when I have a husband…

Have you had unprotected sex and still no sign of them?
You think the blood stream thing is wrong?
Your research is obviously a lot deeper than mine was before I stumbled onto your website.

And here’s roughly the same question from Nathan:

I understand that your report has helped thousands of people get rid of genital warts which is great! But i still don’t understand just because the warts are gone for good that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are hpv free, does it? I mean just because the lesions are gone that doesn’t mean that the person is not contagious anymore, right? The only thing that is really changing is that there are no more symptoms of the virus. Does your report go beyond just clearing up the warts and possibly making the person noncontagious?

I’ve gotten this question a LOT over the years, so I wanted to post an official answer here on the blog.

If I discover new information about this topic, I’ll update you but to the best of my current knowledge, it works like this:

Once you get rid of the genital warts using my report, the HPV virus is still in your system. For some people it stays there indefinitely and for others it will leave them after awhile.

So what’s the difference between these 2 types of people?

In my opinion, it seems to be the strength of their immune system. So that is one reason I have the 2 anti-viral immune boosting techniques in the second half of my report. One was sent to me by an OB-GYN a couple years back and the other I got from a respected panel of doctors doing anti-viral research.

After you get rid of the warts, the next best thing you can do is help your immune system – because even though there is no treatment that directly attacks the HPV virus, the power of your immune system can make the virus go dormant.

But the problem is, even if it leaves you there’s no real way of knowing WHEN it does. Based on statistics from people keeping in touch with me, the best time frame I’ve been able to come up with is 3 months – if you get rid of all the genital warts and wart roots and do the immune boosting regimen and don’t have anything try to come back for 3 months, then it should be gone.

For me, from the time I got rid of any visible signs to the time I had sex with anyone other than the original girl, was around 8 months. So that’s a lot longer than 3. And that girl as well as anyone since has never had any problems with pap tests or any warts or any visible signs at all. So I think during that 8 month period is when it happened for me. Exactly when is impossible to tell.

The main way they spread is direct skin to skin contact so having no visible genital warts for a long time cuts the risk down a LOT. But if you had an opening in your skin somewhere it could still be spread during that “limbo time” before your body gets rid of it. As for spreading it through other fluids like semen, I’m still not sure if HPV can be spread that way. Others can, but I’m not sure if HPV behaves that way or not. As soon as I have reliable information on this from a trusted source, I will report here and let you know. As of right now, most of the evidence suggests HPV lives in the skin.

In the meantime, my personal opinion is to always err on the side of caution and always use a condom, especially with someone new.

And for anyone else interested in learning more about the genital warts treatment in my report, feel free to call or email and ask me a question or go to my main page where it tells my personal story and all the details.

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131 Responses to Can You Still Spread Genital Warts & HPV After You Get Rid of The Warts?

  1. Shayna says:

    I am pregnant and my husband had gential warts, he got it from an old girl friend back in 2004, he claims that its gone for good but I dont know for sure. should i be worried about my unborn baby or the warts coming back?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Shayna,

      Unless he got rid of the wart roots under the skin when he did the treatment, then there is a possibility of them coming back in the same place. Also, if he still has a strong presence of HPV in his body, it is possible to have warts reoccur in different areas. One of the reasons why the success rate with my report is so high is because the treatment gets rid of the wart roots as well as the surface-level warts above the skin. And since there is no direct way to attack the virus, the best way is via the immune system. There are several anti-viral regimens that can be done to boost the immune system to make the virus go dormant.

      The main way genital warts spread is through direct skin to skin contact with the infected area. Generally, as long as a person doesn’t have warts (or traces of the virus) in the birth canal area or anywhere the baby would touch, the risk is a lot less.

  2. tellyourOBGYN says:

    You can transmit the (HPV) virus to your child when you give birth if there is any live virus in the vaginal canal. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you tell your doctor about your possibly being infected. The virus can cause blindness, deafness and can and does grow in the baby’s mouth. There have been cases of babies have the HPV/warts growing on the vocal cords from exposure at birth. Your OBGYN can test you and take precautions to protect your baby. They should also order tests (this is standard for all pregnant women) to test you for any STD viruses in the early stages of your pregnancy. If they haven’t by now, ask them to do it ASAP. In the very least, you should take a prescription antiviral medication like Acyclovir (to help fight the virus) sometime in the final trimester. ASK ABOUT IT NOW!!! Also, a vitamin supplement called Lysine helps your body build antibodies and improves your immune system. I take this every day just to ward off colds and such. Good luck…and don’t be afraid to discuss this with your doctor. They need to know everything about your life so they can protect your child’s life. P.S. Your husband should also be checked to be sure that he isn’t still actively affected by the virus since he can still pass it to you while you are pregnant.

    • Greg says:

      Yes, after you get rid of the warts in that area, anyone who is pregnant definitely needs to get their OBGYN to check out the area to make sure things are ok. It’s an extra bit of insurance that could help a lot.

  3. roger22 says:

    So i had sex with a girl last summer who i found out later might have had hpv. Ive just found out i have genital warts and have been seeing a new girl since december who i have had unprotected sex with. If i have genital warts does that mean my new girl will get them too? I havent slept with her in a couple months due to long distance and I just found the wart. Will she have hpv now? and if she has hpv will she for sure get genital warts?

    • Greg says:

      Yes, it is possible the HPV spread from you to the new girl. However, it is not 100% certain. There are cases where people can be very lucky and walk away from a sexual encounter and still be OK – but having said that, the probability is she might have it now. Whether she gets warts or not will largely depend on her immune system and body chemistry. Just because you have a wart doesn’t mean she automatically will.

      One thing you should know though is that once both of you have HPV, you can have sex without the problem of reinfecting each other – researchers call this the “ping pong effect” and have found it to be a myth. If what you have really is a wart then the best thing you can do right now is get it treated and gone – then boost up your immune system to help it deal with the virus. My report covers these things in its 2 main parts.

  4. mom says:

    I was raped at 15 and started having abnormal paps by 16. I had surgery to remove the cancer cells from my cervix at 23. I had my first child at 25 with no problems. I am now 8 months pregnant with my second child at 27 and have had the first ever visible outbreak (small) and one acid treatment from my ob/gyn. I think the extreme stress I have been under has compromised my immune system. I have been sick with one cold and flu after another for 3 months just to top it off. It has been 2 weeks since the treatment and I thought it worked but it looks like it is not gone after all. I expect to do another treatment soon but am afraid I am getting close to my due date. I could not live with myself if I give this to my child and punish them for life also. Do I just elect to get a c-section? How long does it take to get them to go away with treatment? How can I be sure there are none hiding in the birth canal that the baby will be exposed to? Has anybody gone through this with some advise? I am an emotional wreck over this.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Alyssa,

      That’s a tough one – most of the pregnant women I’ve talked to about my treatment were much earlier in their pregnancy than 8 months, so they had plenty of time to give it a try and make sure everything was cleared up. In these cases they got rid of everything they could see themselves and then treated the inner areas “blindly” while going back to the GYN periodically to get visual inspections. Based on the e-mails I got later, this seemed to work for them.

      The average time to get rid of genital warts seems to be around 2 to 3 weeks for most cases – however, that is only an average. Some people are quick like I was (a few days) but that is not the common experience. And a few (very few) have taken over a month.

      That’s about all I can answer myself. Hopefully some women with personal experience can chime in if they see this in time.

  5. Janice Adusei says:

    i have had genital warts for almost a year now i don’t know what to do any more i used podophyllin but it didn’t work and i’m now trying aldara cream. But i also feel some smart pain in my throat and pain in my stomach. But the sad news is that doctors don’t know what to do with me now

    • Greg says:

      Hi Janice,

      Most doctors who are following the standard genital warts treatment protocol only have 2 or 3 options and once those are proven not to work (in most cases, they do not work) they’re out of ideas and don’t know what to do. It’s not really the doctor’s fault, because even if they wanted to recommend an alternative treatment that actually works they can’t for fear of losing their license or some other way of getting into trouble. Most people don’t like to rock the boat.

      A lot of the people who get my report are people who have already gone through Aldara cream, podophyllin, and the rest and are looking for something new, cheap, and effective. My report is 12 pages and it basically has 2 main parts; the first part is about getting rid of the warts you can see, and the second part is about some anti-viral techniques you can do to help the immune system deal with the virus with the goal of making it go dormant (for some people this happens naturally and some people need help; since I like to err on the side of caution, its best to follow the full instructions just in case.) There are 2 main methods for getting rid of the warts, which I call method 1 and 2. The only difference between them is that method 2 is a more powerful version. Statistically, method 2 is the most successful.

  6. Ashley says:

    Hey, Greg… I had genital warts but got treated with ixium gel. It took about 3 months to get rid of everything and I haven’t had any more warts ever since. It’s been about 3 months now that I got rid of them. But I’ve always been taught that once a virus enters our body, it never goes away. So I’m scared, I don’t know if my warts are gone forever, I don’t know if I still have the virus in me, if I’ll have it forever. What about my boyfriend? I’m never going to talk to him about this. I haven’t had sex with him because I’m scared I’ll pass HPV on to him. My teacher says there’s no cure for HPV, but my doctor says there is (with ixium gel, it reaches the wart’s root and destroys the virus) I don’t know who to believe. Please answer all my questions! I need to know.

  7. Ashley says:

    And also what if I marry him.. I’ll still have to wear condom for the rest of my life? It’s kind of weird. He’ll question me about ir for sure. Help me, Greg. Also, how can I boost my immune system? I don’t have to depend on this forever, do I? I just want to live normally, I wish I’d never had to go through this. I’ve cried so much already. I’m free from warts but what about the virus? The best it can happen is the virus to go dormant? Or what? And once it goes dormant, can I still transmit it to my boyfriend without protection? Once it goes dormant, can it still hit me at some point of my life?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Ashley,

      Ixium gel is not something I had heard of before so I tried to look it up online before answering your post, but all I found were Portuguese and Spanish websites. I wasn’t able to find out much. I can’t really say whether it actually gets rid of the wart root or not since I’m not familiar with it. Usually with most treatments they don’t get rid of the underlying cause of genital warts which is the main reason they don’t work long term.

      Keep in mind that although I do know a lot about this subject, especially after talking to many hundreds of people over the years, I’m not a doctor or anything like that so this is all just my personal opinion based on anecdotal evidence and experience – but it seems like once the virus is dormant, most people’s bodies can get rid of it within a time period anywhere from 3 months to a year. Some researchers say 2 years, some say 3 months and many figures in between. I think the reasons why the numbers vary so much is because everyone’s body chemistry and immune system are different and react to HPV differently. Cosmopolitan magazine even had an article on HPV a couple years ago written by a researcher that said some people can get HPV, not develop warts, and then over time their body gets rid of it and later on they don’t have it anymore and never even knew they had it in the first place!

      For most people it seems like once it’s dormant (or out of the body completely) the chances of spreading it go WAY down, mainly because there’s no infected area to have direct skin to skin contact with. A study from the University of Hawaii said that HPV lives in the skin, which is why blood tests and all that don’t do any good. So if that’s the case, I’m not sure how else it could be spread. But that’s the big problem with this whole thing; it’s very hard, if not impossible to tell when your body has actually taken care of the thing.

  8. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much. I love your website, it really helps us all.
    Take care!

  9. steve says:

    hey greg my wart has been on my penis for like two years and i never knew that what it was .i have a new girl friend and she is the one that discovered thats what it you think it is contagious being that old????????

    • Greg says:

      Hi Steve,

      Have you double-checked the pictures to make sure it’s actually a genital wart and not something else? How did she determine what it was? The main way warts spread is through direct skin-to-skin contact with the area so if you are unsure I’d definitely be careful until you confirm. Genital warts usually don’t hurt on most people. In some cases they might itch, but are usually painless.

  10. Lee says:

    Hi Greg I had warts some time ago an got them treated then I met my new girlfriend we had sex twice then a couple of months later they came back but she has no warts is there a chance mine have come back an now will she have them?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Lee,

      Depending on what treatment you used, yes it is possible your warts have come back. Not all treatments get rid of the root of the wart – some just treat the surface part you can see, making it look like they’re gone when really the root is still down in the skin. With one of these types of treatments, they usually come back within 2 or 3 months so the time frame you mentioned is right on spot. Whether or not she has them is anyone’s guess at this point, but I will say that the main way genital warts spread is via direct skin to skin contact with the wart area. Sometimes people can be fortunate and not get it after an encounter, but it’s only a matter of time if you keep at it.

      And keep in mind that although I do know a lot about this subject from personal experience and talking with a lot of people over the years, officially this is all my “personal unprofessional opinion” – I’m not a doctor or anything like that.

  11. Eric says:

    I recently had an encounter with a girl who I fooled
    Around with. She kept her panties on the whole time so I never really touched her skin. After she told me she had genital wart when she was younger. What are my risks of being infected if we didn’t touch skin to skin?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Eric,

      Probably not too high, but of course that’s just my personal opinion guess based on what you said. There is a chance it could spread in that situation, but I think it is pretty low. A lot depends on where they were located on her exactly, how she got rid of them, how long ago it was, and your definition of “fooling around”, etc.

      • Eric says:

        By fooling around I mean me rubbing myself over her panties, some
        Poking at her vagina but never went passed the panties. I’ll Truro get mOre info from as to where and when she had em.

  12. Savannah says:

    Around 3 months ago I had warts down there. I never got them tested (cant afford it) but im just assuming thats what they were. They stayed for about 1 month then went down on their own. Now its 3 months later and a littly tiny bump has risen, Im not even sure if its the same thing as the first time… I heard each outbreak is less severe that the last, does this mean that there probably wont be anything the next time? I eat very healthy and excercise too. .. how much of a risk do you think i have in spreading it? over time will the virus leave or is that possible. Im also gay, so there isnt much skin to skin. I bet oral is out of the question as well. Another thing… from what I understand its there is no way to know if you are cured because if there isnt any warts you cant be tested to be sure its actually gone

    • Greg says:

      Hi Savannah,

      Even though those bumps went away on their own, it’s still possible to have roots under the skin that you can’t see. Spreading it is still possible, but minimizing skin to skin contact will of course help that. Both methods in my report are good at soaking through the skin to get at the root and shrink it down, so it could be worth a try to treat the clear skin and the area of the new bump. Yes it is possible for the virus to go dormant in your body and not be a problem anymore – I’ve researched 2 immune boosting techniques that are very anti-viral and those are in my report too – one I got from a GYN who emailed me the info to include and the other I got from the papers of an independent research council on immune system health.

      As for making sure they are really gone, the generally accepted time frame if something is going to come back is around 3 months – if you’ve had them gone with the right treatment (which means, one that gets the root too) then after 3 months you’re doing very well.

  13. Hannah says:

    I had my warts removed about 18 months ago with lazer surgery. I havent had them back since!! have they left my system…can i have unportected sex or will i still pass them on?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Hannah,

      From what I understand it is possible with laser surgery but ONLY if they got the roots too during the treatment. This largely depends on the skill of the person who did the treatment. I’ve heard from people who have had totally ineffective laser treatments that were only good for a month or two, and I’ve also heard of ones whose effects were indefinite.

      • Hannah says:

        so if i havnt had them back for 2 years do you think i dont have them anymore!
        can i have unprotected sex with my new boyfriend??

  14. Luke says:

    Hello Greg

    I have a girl that I have been with for 3 years now and cheated on her with my last ex… My ex was telling me that she had gotten hpv from her boyfriend and called me one night crying because she found out that it had given her cancer. She has been with this guy for a year and had surgery to remover the cancer 4 months ago. Now me and my ex had unprotected sex a few days ago. The lights were off so I wouldn’t have been able to see any bumps or what not but when feeling nothing unusual. Sadly knowing that she was infected, I still proceed with unprotected sex.

    So the real question I have is, the time that has passed do you think that the virus is dormant? Or out if her system? Because she is rarely sick but she got cancer from the hpv. So if I have the same type, will I pass it to my girlfriend? Also I have I very high immune system. Last time I even had a cold was YEARS ago. So could I just boost my immune system and go to the doc? My girlfriend is not a very sexual being so I can hide if for a week or two but I just need to know how to deal with it in this situation. My girlfriend has a low immune system and always stressed so I am more very very worried about my girl that me. My girl has has passed problems with her, down there. I’ve always been as healthy as a horse.

    Please any information about my problem.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Luke,

      There’s no way to know if the virus was active in that situation or not. Just because they removed the cancer is no guarantee the virus isn’t there. The 3 month time frame for the virus to go dormant is ONLY if:

      1. The warts were gotten rid of using a treatment that gets rid of the roots too (for example, the 2 main methods in my report get rid of the roots as well as the surface wart)
      2. Nothing comes back for 3 months and during that time you follow an anti-viral immune boosting protocol. There are a lot of ways to boost the immune system, but a few ways specifically that are anti-viral.

      Keep in mind I’m not a doctor or anything, but I’ve learned a lot about this particular problem over the years from talking to people, research, etc.

      • Luke says:


        When she had the cancer removed she did not have any warts that she spoke of so either she did not ever have warts or they were removed when the surgery happened. It’s a bad subject to talk about with her but I gotta know.

        So if it was dormant, it will not be spread?

        Like I said I’m not worried about me just other girls.

        • Greg says:

          It it was dormant or if she had no traces of it, then that might be ok but we don’t really know that for sure (especially me, because I’m just a guy over here in Missouri who has no knowledge of the situation other than what you’ve told me) πŸ™‚ I have often read that the types of HPV that causes cancer are usually not the same types that cause warts, so that is worth researching further in this situation.

  15. Danielle says:

    Last year I had ran into an old friend and we ended up hooking up.
    the next day i found a wart and was horrified ( still am ) and tried to find as much info about hpv as I could. I did the mature thing and told him that I had gotten them from him. weve bin dating ever since. i would go to my doctors every couple weeks and get them “frozen” off, i havnt had anything in over 8 months. but i still go get a pap test every month just to be sure. my doctor said that the body can fight off the virus and sometimes it cant. she said everythings normal except the fact my uterus is pushed back.
    i read that there are diffrent ways to get them removed and that you need to get to the root of them, does “freezing” do that?
    hes still got some and goes every couple weeks to get them frozen.
    I love him but our relationships bin a emotional rollercoaster and i keep going back mainly cuz im afraid to pass it on to other people.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Danielle,

      Sometimes freezing can get the root, but more often than not it leaves it behind. I’ve gotten calls from a lot of people who have had freezing and burning treatments done and most of them say it comes back within 2 or 3 months. What your doctor said was right; sometimes the body can get rid of it. In cases where it can’t, the person’s immune system strength plays a huge part in it, which is why my report has 2 very powerful immune boosting techniques that are particularly effective when dealing with viruses. Overall, the type of treatment DOES matter a lot because some can get at the roots and some just get the surface part of the wart. Both of the main methods in my report can safely absorb through the skin to get at the root and shrink it down, which is one of the main reasons the success rate is so high compared to other genital warts treatments.

  16. oops.. says:

    Hi, some how (propbably my cheating ex bf) i got genital warts in march, i used warticon cream,they went away.when they went i had sex.4months later iv found out the guy has got genital warts! and now i have them again….how am i supposed to have a long term bf or a baby without giving it to anyone else?? why am i spreading it even when they are not visable?

    there are no answers to ths question anywhere online, so please help me as i want to get pregnant this year.


    • Greg says:

      This sort of thing happens with certain kinds of treatments a LOT more than with others. Not all genital warts treatments are equal, even though they may appear gone at first. The type of treatment matters because of whether it gets rid of the surface part of the wart ONLY, or if it gets the root too. The best treatments get rid of the wart above the skin AND the root. Also with women it can be really difficult because you might not have any where you can see, but anything up inside (or any wart roots inside) where you can’t see as easily can cause it to spread to someone else. Depending on where the warts were exactly, some women using my report have to go back to the GYN to get checked professionally to make sure that they’re really all gone so they don’t miss any.

  17. Dani says:

    Hi there,

    I had an outbreak of genital warts about 4 years ago. They were burnt off and I havent had an outbreak since. When i had the outbreak i was in a commited relationship with a partner. We used condoms until the warts had cleared but once they had we went back to having unprotected sex. My partner never got any warts.

    Ive recently had sex with a new sexual partner. We used a condom. Should I have told him that I have had hpv? Seeing as though the outbreak was 4 years ago, I didnt feel it was necessary to say anything, as I didnt want to scare him for nothing. At the same time, Im now worried that Ive done the wrong thing and there is a chance that I will pass it on.

    What is your opinion? Is there a chance he now has it?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Dani,

      Keep in mind that although I’ve learned a lot about this particular subject over the years, I’m not a doctor or anything like that and whatever I say on my site is officially just my “personal opinion” – but here is what I think about what you said. There are times (albeit rare) when the burning and freezing treatments are performed by someone who knows what they’re doing and they actually do work and the warts stay away for a long time. A lot of the people who call me often say they come back within 2 or 3 months with these treatments. If you can make it over the hump, chances are life will be pretty good afterward. This sounds like what happened in your case. If it were me in that situation and I knew I was keeping a healthy lifestyle, it would be reasonable to think the virus had gone dormant after that many years and would not be a problem unless something reoccurred. Your new partner is probably OK (again, my personal opinion) but whether to tell him or not is a personal issue you’ll have to decide based on your relationship with him. There are good ways and bad ways to tell someone about this and in your case 4 years of freedom definitely puts a good spin on the story if you want to tell it.

  18. Nervous Wreck says:

    Hi Greg,

    I found out friday i have hpv low risk. Which came along with genital warts. I was prescribed imiquimod cream. I hope to God it works. Anyways i felt warts also in my butt area too. Is it possible for them to spread ehen i wipe myself after using the restroom.

    • Greg says:

      I wish you luck! If the imiquimod cream turns out not to work very well for you, then please consider getting my report. The main methods there usually work very well for most cases. As for spreading to the anal area when you wipe, that’s hard to say. They do spread via direct skin to skin contact with the infected area, but I am not sure how long the virus can survive outside the body to spread elsewhere like that. This is some research I’ll be doing soon, because I get asked similar questions a lot.

  19. Dani says:

    Thanks Greg for your advice. Its a dilema thats for sure! I want to protect people I sleep with, but at the same time, if it is dorment in my system then I dont want to worry them for nothing.

    One thing I find really interesting, is that the doctor never told me that I would always carry hpv. Ive also had irrigular pap smears and I was told it was due to the hpv virus, but again the doctor never said that i should inform sexual partners. Ive obviously contracted different strains of the virus over the years. WIth so much that is unknown about this… its hard to know what the right thing to do is.

  20. john says:

    Hello Greg,

    My case is actually bad and i am scared it might get worse. I started having genital warts around april and i never knew that those were warts. Until aroung june 30, i picked on them twice. there were three of them. Then, after searching on net, i found out these are genital warts. I went to doctor and gave me aldara imiquimod as prescritpion. It was working well as it got rid of 2 warts and left with one. Then i stopped for a week recently coz i got bad side effects. Then, I noticed 2 more warts grown on my groin area. I am scared. Its 3 warts again. I ll start with aldara on monday as the side effects have healed. Will i ever get rid of these?..I am suppose to get married in 2 years. I am negative for all other STDs fortunately. It seems like my happy days are over. PLEASE HELP ME AND SHED SOME LIGHT INTO MY LIFE. Thanks!

    • Greg says:

      Hi John,

      Your experience with the prescriptions is a pretty common story I hear a lot – either they don’t work at all, or if they do, the warts only stay gone for about 2 or 3 months (or less.) Since you went ahead and spent the money on something else, you might as well try it out but the feedback I hear on all that is overwhelmingly negative. By comparison, the main methods in my report have a pretty good success rate and it is very rare that I hear about anyone having problems getting it to work (and I try and encourage people to contact me if they do have a problem, because feedback is what helps me make the report better over time) Yes it is possible to get rid of this, but it takes different amounts of time for different people. If you’re ever interested in giving my report a try, either contact me or go back to the main page of my site and at the bottom it tells about the different ways to get it instantly as a download to your computer or your phone.

  21. Felicia says:

    Hey greg. I was told i had genital warts about 2 years ago, i got them freezed off and they haven’t came back since. im 7 moths pregnant now, and was wondering since i havent had any warts or any signs if its got dormant or if its gone forever. Im really worried because im also in the hospital for preterm labor. and i told my obgyn when i first made my baby appoitment and he did a vaginal exam and didn’t say anything about it.

    also, is it possible that i didnt have it in the first place? because i read somewhere that many teens get little white bumps in a line frequently in there teen years and im just wondering if thats the case, because thats all it was were tiny white bumps in a line.

    please help.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Felicia,

      Yes it is possible you didn’t have them in the first place. A previous girlfriend of mine had the same little white bumps like what you are talking about and we did a lot of research on them only to find out they were completely harmless. Of course I can’t say yours were the same thing, but there is a chance they were. If you’ve had a visual exam and everything from your OBGYN, then things should be fine now.

  22. Blondie says:

    My husband has had genital warts since we’ve been together (8yrs). I’ve never had them & never tested positive for hpv. We’ve had 2 children and did not have any complications, and the doctor knew about his condition. Does that mean I’m not infected?

  23. Serena says:

    I had Genital warts 12 years ago and had them frozen off…..they have never returned.

    Do i still have it? my recent smear was normal….do i need to tell people?

    • Greg says:

      If the pap smear and visual exam they give checks out and it’s been a long time since you had any wart outbreaks at all, then that’s the best you can do, in my opinion. HPV lives in the skin and to the best of your knowledge, it is either gone or at least dormant.

  24. helen says:

    Hi, me and my boyfreind have HPV and genital worts. We are both using the cream for them but can we still have sex or will it just give us more worts? or then we have got rid of the worts will having sex again make them come back?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Helen,

      Researchers I’ve read call this the “ping pong” effect and have pretty much said that it doesn’t exist. So while you shouldn’t get any MORE warts, it would still be a good idea to not have any sex until you’re both cleared up completely. If you have any problems with the cream, the 2 main methods in my report usually work very well for people.

  25. Desiree says:

    hello there my question is that i had genital warts almost 3 years ago when i was pregnant with my first child i had them for almost 3 months also my husband got them but after that they went away by them self and i havent got them anymore. but right now im having sex with another guy unprotected sex and im scared that the warts might come back or that the new guy can get them.. Im been checking my self everytime i take a shower and i seem no warts at all but you think they might came back?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Desiree,

      Yes it’s possible for them to come back when they go away on their own like that (because there might still be roots under the skin) but given the amount of time you said has passed (3 years), my personal opinion is that it’s not as likely. Still, keeping a close watch on the area is very smart.

  26. nikki says:

    hi.i had genital warts about 6 yrs ago.i got the acid treatment and had them frozen.was clear of warts for almost a yr and got pregnant.can my son have hpv now?hes turning 5 this mnth.doesnt have any signs or symptoms of it but i read where a child can get it in their throat and even get it 40 yrs later in their this true?also ive recently remarried and am worried that i could possibly pass it to my new husband.i havent had any warts in over 2 yrs,do i still have it and can i pass it to my husband?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Nikki,

      Genital warts most commonly spread through direct skin to skin contact with an ACTIVE area – so with that in mind, and all your signs clear for so many years, you should be ok. It is also possible to spread the kinds of HPV that do not form warts, but that is a much trickier and difficult subject to test and research because often the people spreading it don’t even know they have it in the first place. Yes it is possible the virus can be in someone for a long time before forming any warts, but I’ve never heard of a case as extreme as 40 years. Several years, yes, I get calls on that once in awhile where the person swears it hd to have been from something that happened years ago. Of course since I don’t know the person or the facts surrounding their case there’s no way for me to know for sure.

  27. sandy says:

    I have an abnormal pap but the dr didn’t say why he is just sending me to have the cells removed to test them. My friend says I have hpv. Im so freaked out and scared. My husband has some warts only like 3 not on his penis just around. He doesn’t feel anything on them but he scratched them. He doesn’t what they are and now im so scared. I don’t want my marriage to be over. I have never had any warts so can I have hpv and he gets warts even if I don’t have warts? Please help.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Sandy,

      There are multiple things that can cause abnormal cells detected in a pap test. HPV is one of them, but there are others. But since your husband has warts (which all warts are caused by HPV, whether they’re genital warts or regular warts) I would be inclined to think this could be related. There are many types of HPV; some cause warts and some do not; and different people can react differently to the same strand of the virus – so because of all this, things can get complicated very quickly. The methods in my report are usually very effective at getting rid of the warts themselves (which would help your husband) but since you don’t have an active case that you can see and reach, you wouldn’t benefit from it as much as he would (however you would still be able to follow the immune boosting techniques in the report)

      Unfortunately a lot of doctors out there don’t say much unless you ask questions, so I would get in touch with him to see what he really thinks.

  28. Claudia says:

    I had an outbreak of genital warts that I had treated by my ob/gyn 4 years ago. She gave me a gel to use, and they went away & haven’t come back since that time. Is it possible that the virus has cleared? I was not tested for hpv when she examined me, but I’m sure that’s what I had. I’m not sexually active now, and haven’t been since I was tested b/c I have been so upset over what happened.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Claudia,

      If what you had really was genital warts, then you definitely had HPV because it is the cause of warts. Yes after 4 years of not having anything come back, it is possible to be rid of it, just depends on the person and also it is very difficult to say for sure since HPV lives in the skin and the only way they can test for it to get a definite answer is to take a tissue sample, which is why abnormal pap tests are one of the main ways a lot of women discover it when they have no visible signs. Sometimes those creams and gels can help, but most of the feedback I get from people who go with my report’s treatments tell me they rarely do. You might be one of the rare lucky ones who was helped by the doctors treatment!

  29. Carrie says:

    Hi, im a bit confused, i just found out that i have genital warts, but ive only had one sexual partner before my current partner who i know doesnt have warts. My current partner has no symptoms of the warts but is it possible that he has given me the virus?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Carrie,

      There are certain strands of the HPV virus that do not spread sexually and then there are some that do. That’s one thing to keep in mind. The other is that it is possible for someone to carry it around dormant for a long time and then spread it to someone else who reacts by having genital warts. Of course I have no idea how you actually got it, but those are some ways it can happen in a situation like what you described.

  30. Monique says:

    I was diagnosed whith hpv at the age of 17 and i had leep surgey. After the surgey i had two or three more abnormal paps within that year and every since then i havent had a abnormal pap. I am 26 now and i just found a lil lesion on my thigh close to my vagina. My questions is could this be hpv after 9 years have gone by. I also just had a hep b vaccine in the last 2 months could this be a cause of the lesion.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Monique,

      It’s probably not HPV after all that time. There is a very slim chance, but HPV researchers have generally found that once you get rid of it it is very unlikely to come back after 6 months of being clear. There are exceptions but this is the general rule of thumb.

  31. tasha says:

    ok hey if warts are in my vagina area does that automatically mean they’re sexually transmitted? can it be from anything else? and is it FOR SURE an std if i just have warts ???

    • Greg says:

      Hi Tasha,

      Since there are over 100 types of HPV, it gets really complicated because some are sexually transmitted and some are not. Some cause genital warts and some don’t. Warts in the vulva area like you described would be considered genital warts but I can’t speculate exactly how you got them. Most cases I hear about are sexually transmitted though.

  32. Jeff says:

    Hey Greg, couple of questions here. First off, I contracted Genital warts about 3 years ago, I had them frozen off and I haven’t seen em since. Do I have to tell potential partners? I saw other questions similar to mine but im still confused. And am I right in my understanding that in many cases the virus will just cure itself from your body over time? And if so, is it really cured, or dormant?
    And second, well this is more of a commentary than a question, but i’ve been reading in chat rooms like this all over the internet and I just gotta get something off my chest. On the issue of disclosing information, I have to say that to people who are saying you have to disclose the information blah blah blah and if they don’t accept you for it then you’ll just have to find someone else; Or people making` it sound like theres even a chance of someone willingly taking that risk after you disclose the information. Now I don’t know what kind of fantasy world these people are living in, but I highly doubt anyone would willingly take the chance just so they can have sex with some one they’re just getting to know. I feel I can honestly say with the utmost confidence that there is not a single female I know who would be willing to take that risk. I know I wouldn’t do it if I could go back and have the option. So basically, considering a majority of future potential partners will turn you down, what choice does that leave you? A horrible love life, if any love life at all? No sex? Missed opportunities for what could be amazing relationships with potential partners? All this, not to mention the fact that after you tell the person, they now know your secret whether they accept you or not. And people have big mouths. So in my opinion it’s more complicated than people make it sound. I can imagine how some of the things i’m saying can come off as a bit ignorant, considering I have never tried to disclose the information to find out what would happen. (yep I’m the bad guy, I know), but as far as I know i’ve never transmitted it to anyone. I pretty much sleep with girls I see on a regular basis kinda, so if they caught it, I would assume they’d say something. But of course I’m not positive…Anyway, I apologize for the rant. Like I said I just needed to get that off my chest. Curious what you think though if you do get to my question. If not anything else, an answer to the first questions would be helpful.
    I hope this is an acceptable posting as I notice you are very well informed(although not technically a doctor of any kind) and have a lot of personal experience with HPV. Not to mention, out of all the sites I’ve been to, this seems to be the fastest when it comes to receiving answers to your questions. Your answer would be appreciated..

    • Greg says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Yes I do try to answer questions within a reasonable period of time – it can take me a few days sometimes. The only reason I’m able to devote so much time to the site is because of all the people who get my report from the main page. To answer your main question (which also partly addresses the rant πŸ™‚ ), the “cured” versus “dormant” talk revolves around people having old information. According to more recent HPV research I’ve read, once you get rid of the warts and all signs, and nothing tries to come back for 6 months, then you should be fine after that point. Some researchers say 3 months and some say 9, but 6 seemed to be more tested. The reason many people have them for years is they were never able to get rid of the warts for good in the first place. So for a couple years after dealing with this issue, I wondered if it was really gone – until I read this research, then I determined this must’ve been what happened with me and everything since then has been fine. The overall goal of my report is to help people get rid of them and make it to that 6 month point. The treatment gets rid of the warts, and the body does the rest.

    • From Experience says:

      “So basically, considering a majority of future potential partners will turn you down, what choice does that leave you?”

      Ok, this is completely untrue.

      I got genital warts when I was 19 in 2003. I had a combination of acid and laser treatments and have been wart free ever since. In the 9 years since I found out about it, I’ve fully disclosed it to every potential partner I’ve had, which in that time has been 8 people. Of those 8 people, only one has turned me down, but we still dated for 6 months. You can’t assume people are going to turn you down, especially if you are studied up and know what you’re talking about when you tell them about it. Yes, it kind of sucks to have to bring it up, but it’s not the worst thing in the world.

  33. lisa says:

    The Dr.told me I had hpv when I was 18 yrs old..I am now 39 and had no kinda outbreaks in years..I just recently went to get a checkup and totally forgotten I had hpv. My new Dr.said that my hpv is still there….. my question is Can u still spread hpv if no symptoms occur in years??? When the Dr.came out of the blue and said that.I was like oh wow..I totally forgot I had that…

    • Greg says:

      Hi Lisa,

      It is very rare that something like that happens over such a long period of time; from the HPV research I’ve read, around 90% of cases can resolve in a couple years, but that leaves 10% that linger on for years if left untreated. It’s possible to spread it through direct skin to skin contact with the area. Also, one thing to note about this 90% figure is that it is a “maybe” and not very comforting to me or the types of people who use my report to treat their warts – no one wants to leave this sort of thing up to chance, which is why this site and my report is about taking matters into your own hands.

  34. bill says:

    I recently found out that the girl I had sex with about two weeks ago has had genital warts. I asked her about it and she said its been gone and clear for a year now and she’s had regular check ups on it. I used a condom the two times we did have sex but it still worries me. Am I just paranoid or should I be concerned?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Bill,

      Keep in mind I’m not a doctor, but based on the HPV research I’ve read, it should be ok. Being clear for at least 6 months is a very good sign that it’s probably gone, providing the person doesn’t get reinfected later on.

  35. Lauren says:

    Hey Greg,

    So I know that there’s no sure way to tell if your body has rid itself of the HPV virus. However, my question is more around the chances of contracting the virus. I have done a lot of research myself over the years in regards to anything HPV related and the information is very vague. My guess is because there is really not a lot known about the virus in the first place.

    My situation is this.. I contracted the virus almost 4 years ago. At that point all of my paps remained low grade for years. All the doctors wanted to do was watch it to make sure it did not progress. Everything was fine until almost 2 years later when I got with a new boyfriend and had unprotected sex. Around that time is when he noticed his warts then my paps became moderate/high grade. About 7 months after that is when my warts showed up. I had them burnt off immediately and they have never returned. Shortly after that I also had the infected area on my cervix removed via a LEEP procedure.

    After the procedure my pap was normal then went to low grade again and have been low grade since. It has been a year or so since I’ve had any signs of warts. I have also had 2 out of the 3 HPV shots which I have been told may be able to help with my spreading the virus to others as well as protecting myself against contracting a new strain. My immune system has been impeccable for quite some time as well since I have hardly gotten sick in years.

    I have recently gotten with a new partner and I like him a lot. We’ve had sex a couple of times with protection but I’m afraid to tell him about my situation. However, I feel obligated to tell him. It seems as though the chances that he will contract anything from me, especially using protection, are extremely slim but I wanted to get another educated mind’s opinion on how contagious I may be. This is definitely not an easy subject to bring up with anyone. >.< Thank you for helping! πŸ™‚


    • Greg says:

      Hi Lauren,

      As far as I know, a “low grade” reading is an indication that there is likely HPV and only more detailed tests can tell if it’s any of the high risk types. They have HPV DNA tests but I’ve never heard from anyone who actually got one done. It’s probably very low risk like you said, but I keep imagining if I were this guy, would I want to know the backstory? Yeah, I definitely would.

      • Lauren says:

        Hey Greg,

        By “more detailed tests” do you mean the HPV DNA tests you mentioned? I do go for pap smears every 3-4 months to keep an eye on things. However, those tests only show low grade cells. As far as it being any more detailed than that it is not. I would certainly like to obtain as much information as possible so if there is something else I can do then definitely let me know.

        I did tell my new partner last night about the situation and he was definitely more okay with it than I thought he would be. However, he also doesn’t really know much about it. I told him I had gotten it years ago, got it taken care of over a year ago and haven’t had any real issues since. I also told him that if he had any questions at all I’m completely open to answering anything about it as I do know quite a bit about it now.

        He said he’d probably research it on his own but I know when I first started researching it a decent amount of the information provided was kind of scary and didn’t tell the exact truth about it. Is there a good website you could recommend for him in case he asks? It’s been quite a while since I’ve done much research on it so I don’t know what sites are good for someone just starting to learn about it. Thanks! πŸ™‚


  36. Sasha says:

    Hey Greg, ok so I got hpv last dec and had cancer cells. I got the warts treated by my doc it was a cream it went away then the next month acouple came back went back did the same thing. Haven’t had an out break since! It’s been almost 8 months I had unprotected sex and I’m so scared I have passed it on!! I’m soooo scared and nervous! I’m so careful usually but had too many drinks and didn’t think!!! What are the chances I have passed it on?? My immune system isn’t the best but like I says I haven’t had an out break in about 8 months!! Please get back to me!!! I’m freaking out πŸ™

    • Greg says:

      Hi Sasha,

      The latest HPV research I’ve read indicates that if you’ve been able to get rid of them and keep them gone for at least 6 months (which is the goal of my report), you should be ok at that point. If anything comes back during that time, the clock resets back to zero. There are statistical weird things that happen once in awhile but for the most part you probably don’t need to worry about it too much.

  37. Roger says:

    I got genital warts about 18 years ago from my girlfriend (who became my wife). The wart was treated and never returned. She has had some abnormal pap smears since then, indicating HPV exposure. I have had no symptoms.
    Now I’m separated and seeing other women.
    Is it possible that I could still be contagious? Everything that I’m reading leads me to believe that I’ve built up an immunity to the strain that she and I had (I have a rock solid immune system) even if it still causes pap smear issues for her.
    Does this sound correct? Or is it likely that I’m still contagious?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Roger,

      I’ve read about this sort of thing happening before; it seems like abnormal paps can linger for a long time or show up later. I’m more likely to believe what you’ve read too; that you’ve gotten over it now and are ok. Obviously you can still get reinfected by a different strain though.

  38. Anne says:

    Thank u so also infectd wth hpv.. Am about to get treated wth benzathine..i hear its realy painful.. What does it do? Wil it remove the roots?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Anne,

      From what I know about benzathine, it is something they used to prolong the effects of anti-biotic injections. If it has other uses, I don’t know enough about it to say. Anti-biotics are for bacterial infections, not virii, so I would imagine it wouldn’t be very effective against a viral issue like HPV warts.

      Like you mentioned, the problem with most genital warts treatments are they only get the surface part of the wart and leaves the root underneath which is how it eventually comes back about 2 or 3 months later. The 2 main treatments in my report absorb in through the skin to get at the root and shrink it down to where when the wart goes away, there is no root left under the skin for anything in the future to start with. That’s how the whole process becomes like a game of “whack-a-mole” where you get rid of all of them in one area, but you may have roots in other areas – so you just treat those next and eventually you should reach a point where nothing comes back at all. Then you just wait the 6 months and as long as nothing comes back during that time, you should be OK.

  39. Keshia says:

    Hi I need to know something. Ok when i was younger I got warts on my butt hole but i never had any sex or anal sex I was vergin at the time never had sex or anything i didn’t even have a boyfriend or anything and i never went out and party or anything, never got drunk, smoked or did drugs. I didn’t do any of that stuff and well i’m just wondering if there’s a way to get warts with any sexual contact or anything. This happened to me when i was like 16 to 17 and now i’m 22. I had the warts froze or burned off i don’t remember but they haven’t came back i’m just wondering if there a way i could have HPV. The doctor didn’t really let me in on the details and stuff so i’m not sure so yeah. Oh and they haven’t came back so yeah.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Keshia,

      Yes it’s possible to get warts in other ways without sexual contact – they are often different strains of the virus than the ones that are spread through sex. (For example, warts on the hand are still caused by HPV, but just a different type) Since it’s been several years, you’re probably ok, but it would be a very smart thing to go get checked out by a GYN, get a pap smear test, etc. Best to play it safe just in case.

  40. Ray X says:

    Hi Greg,

    I have which partner I got HPV from (especially more since I am always protected unless in a relationship), but it’s been about 3 years since I’ve struggled with it. I use aldara every now and then and while painful (not very painful, just irritatingly so), it clears it up, but eventually it comes back. Annoying and expensive. Anyways, I am skeptical of your treatment but feel I have nothing to lose. My question is in regards to non-genital warts. I have several warts varying in size in various spots (nothing excessive) and I want to know if this treatment is also effective on those.

    Ray X

    • Greg says:

      Hi Ray,

      Yes if you skip straight to method 2, it should work on those other warts as well. Your experience with Aldara is a common one and it’s something I often try to tell people about who are thinking about going down that road. A lot of people who get my report have done similar treatments like that and are looking for something new. In most cases the treatments in my report work very well (and I keep everything updated when I learn something new), although occasionally there is someone with such a stubborn case that can’t be helped much.

  41. garra says:

    Hi Greg, I’ve never had a single wart but when I was 17 after only two partners I had an abnormal PAP. Then I constantly would see different doctors telling me either that I was basically going to die or that it wasn’t a big deal and nothing to worry about. I do have a question and I was hoping you might know the answer. It’s been over five years since I was diagnosed and my last two tests should that I had a normal PAP and I was tested for HPV as well and it came back clear. Does this mean I have cleared the virus?

    • Greg says:

      I’ve heard of cases like this where the pap test will go in and out over time. Since it’s been 5 years, it could be ok now because that’s well past the 2 year mark where most women can clear it up on their own. It’s still a good idea to go in for a test once a year though.

  42. Dan says:

    Hi Greg, I had found a genital wart on my penis in may 2011 and had it sprayed off with some sort of equipment by a sexual doctor. It has now been 9 months and I have had no signs of warts or anything like that so I am wondering whether the hpv and genital warts in my system are gone? Is there any test or anything I can take? I need to know as I have a current girlfriend but not having sex until i know whether i have it or not. Also i am not sure whether to tell her i had/have it.


    • Greg says:

      Hi Dan,

      For guys there really isn’t a readily available test to take for HPV. Most people just know by whether they have any visible signs or not. There are some rare tissue sample-based tests but they’re hard to find and insurance usually doesn’t pay for them so they’re expensive. After I read some more of the newer research, the rule of thumb I started to go by was 6 months. If you’re clear for 6 months with no signs of anything coming back at all, you should be ok. We’re dealing with statistics here so its not “guaranteed” but its the best barometer I’ve found so far. The main goal of the treatments in my report is to get people to this 6 month point where they have no signs at all and it shouldn’t come back after that point.

  43. Cat says:

    Hey greg i have a question.. I had hpv back in july.. and i got rid of it says the doctors.. and then i used a condom with my last boyfriend.. will i not get anything if i use, a condom may seem dumb to ask but im scared.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Cat,

      Condoms do a good job at protecting the area the condom covers, but it won’t help if the warts are/were on any other area such as the pubic hair area, testicles, etc.

  44. Loulou says:

    If I have had genital warts a few yrs ago ( they were freezed off and never came back ) can my kids catch it on their hands now ?

    • Greg says:

      The most common way genital warts spread is by direct skin to skin contact with the area. If it’s been a few years, the chances of spreading go down a lot.

  45. Kelly says:

    Hi Greg
    I was diagnosed a year ago with genital warts, received minor treatment but found out I was pregnant, after deciding against having a baby I didn’t resume treatments. Over the past year I haven’t had another outbreak. My doctor informed me that with treatment they would go away and there would be no need to inform my partner, but now I’m with someone new and we have unprotected sex everyday, I haven’t told him that I had gw because of embarrassment but I still haven’t had an outbreak. But I’m worried my doctor misinformed me and that I’ve now passed it on to him. But I still don’t want to say anything about it incase it’s gone I don’t wanna lose him

    • Greg says:

      Hi Kelly,

      If you haven’t had anything for about a year now (and nothing has tried to come up at all during the whole time), the chances are much lower you’ve spread it to him. It may not even be with you anymore, but of course that’s not something I could possibly know for sure. The thing I would check for is to make sure your pap smear tests are clean and other than that just keep a close watch over the area.

  46. Worried says:

    My girlfriend and I found out a year ago that we have genital herpes. so time went on we had a baby making sure to take the extra pre-cautions talking with our doctor extensivly and all went well at deleveriy but during my girlfriends after check ups she now has hpv. so I guess my question is how did she get it. could she have had it the hole time and missed it on the first pap smear? or as jI fear did she get it from someone new after that pap smear?????

    • Greg says:

      I can’t really say. Pap smear tests try to detect abnormal cells in the cervix and it takes time for HPV to affect the cells, so it might’ve just been missed. It’s also possible she got it later like you suggested. I don’t know the situation so I really can’t say in cases like this.

  47. chris says:

    Hi Greg,

    I was diagnosed with hpv in December 2011, since then i went on treatment and used aldara on the warts. The warts cleared up an now im just waiting for march to do a pap smear. I had sex with my ex yesterday, it was protected sex but during 4play his penis touched my vagina. Im so scared i think i have passed this on to him. I want to know is it possible for me to pass it on to him even if he just touch my vagina 4 a few seconds with his penis πŸ™ im very scared please reply as soon as possible πŸ™

    • Greg says:

      Hi Chris,

      I would say there is a chance, but it would be very small. It’s probably ok. (keep in mind this is just my personal opinion based on what you told me, I’m not a doctor and there’s only so much I can do over the internet like this)

  48. David says:

    Hi Greg,
    Me and my girlfriend have been going out for 6 years now. Back in February of 2011 she cheated on me, unprotected in a one night stand. That caused a lot of issues but we worked through them, we didn’t have sex of course and she was tested for STI’s and the tests returned negative. I was her only partner until this guy and she was my only partner as well. We started having sex again in June. My first genital warts appeared in August and I didn’t know what they were. We continued with unprotected sex until November when they started spreading more rapidly, which I got checked and was diagnosed as a HPV wart causing strain. With this blast from the past we naturally ceased sexual contact and I began treatment using Aldara cream, treatment began in mid January due to changing doctors and referrals etc. My girlfriend hasn’t shown any signs or symptoms of the virus but we had a pap smear done and will continue to for the rest of her life as we know we may never know if and when the virus will ever kick the bucket or remain dormant. Now I have a very mild case of phimosis, (explanation for benefit of readers) a tight foreskin making it difficult or uncomfortable to retract. The two conditions combined had my specialist decide on a full circumcision, asking for a partial I was told they are not done anymore. Now after using the Aldara cream for just 3 weeks the warts have been annihalated, but I am concerned about the roots remaining.

  49. David says:

    How much longer do you reckon I need to continue to use the Aldara cream. Also the warts were located on the end of my foreskin. Circumcision will remove the affected area with a lot of a safety margin. I’ve read a lot about HPV on multiple sites and it’s extremely difficult to find reliable or educated information. Do you think (I understand you’re not a doctor, but have a lot of knowledge and experience) that removal of the affected area will have a large impact on the likelihood of recovery time from HPV (if my immune system can clear the virus and I believe my immune system is quite strong as is my partners, we believe) and chances of reinfection of my partner or her reinfection of me whether or not she has never had symptoms.
    I guess my questions are when can we have sex again? The circumcision should take care of the roots, but can you hazard a guess as to whether that will affect your 6 month recommendation? Sorry for the large post, needed an outlet, also none of the questions above quite fit mine, so I’m hoping it might be of help to others. Also do you know anything about the HPV vaccine and whether or not my partner should take it. Right now it’s only for women I think.

    • Greg says:

      Hi David,

      Aldara is a very tricky treatment (not to mention expensive) and it often ends badly for most of the people I’ve talked to (e.g. burning, extreme irritation, and warts coming back later on within about 2 or 3 months). However, there are a few cases where it actually works as advertised. So it’s very hard to say where to draw the line if someone is already using it. The circumcision you mentioned sounds like it will probably cut away the infected area (along with the root) but if it were me in your shoes I would probably want to try something else before resorting to cutting away skin. The treatment methods in my report have saved a lot of people from having to resort to more drastic measures like surgery, which is something I’m happy and proud of. I’m not trying to steer you to my report just because it’s mine, but because I believe less invasive options are always at least worth a shot before going to something more serious.

      Regarding the HPV vaccine, there is a version for men now, but this vaccine is very problematic. There are a lot of videos on YouTube on how it has ruined the lives of many people. Dr Mercola ( has also written a lot about this vaccine so check out that site and do a search for “HPV vaccine” before making any firm decisions.

  50. Hannah says:

    I was diagnosed with Genital Warts in October 2010, whilst being in a 2 year relationship with my ex. I was treated with both Warticon and an acid, which killed the infection off, though it took a couple of months. Since this (touch wood) I haven’t had a further outbreak, although I have had a scare about a single lump which has now gone. I have recently started seeing someone new, who I had previously slept with, unprotected back in August… he is now concerned that he has the virus- however, I finished my treatment in late January last year and hadn’t had any reoccurences of the virus, which i saw usually happens within the first 6 months. I’m not really sure if the virus has gone or if it’s dormant, as I have never had a repurcussion yet have been pretty ill with my immune system torn to pieces… I do take Multivitamins and things to boost my immune system as well as maintaining as much of a healthy lifestyle as possible… What do you think?

    • Greg says:

      Hi Hannah,

      Like you mentioned, you’ve made it well past the 6 month mark which is the most important part. Some of the newer research I’ve read indicates if you’ve gotten rid of everything and kept it clear for at least 6 months (with nothing trying to come back) then you are much more likely to be ok going forward, unless you get reinfected at some point with a new strand of HPV. (Keep in mind I’m not a doctor or anything but since I have this site and my report, I do try to keep up with new developments the best I can)

  51. Camellia says:

    hi I have learned that I had genital warts when I was 5 months pregnant. I was wondering can my baby get the virus ; and what can I do to boost my immune system up to help me?

    • Greg says:

      HPV is not like hepatitis where the baby can get it automatically no matter what. However, it can still spread if there are any warts in the birth canal area at the time of delivery. That’s why some doctors opt for c-section at that time, but overall it’s best if you can clear everything up before the due date. In my report, there are several immune boosting techniques that help the process, but the main “heavy lifting” of the warts treatment is done by the topical solution. If you go down to the bottom of my main page, it tells how to get my report:

  52. Britt says:

    Hi Greg,

    I was told I had hpv 3 years ago because I had cell changes on my cervix I went back and they said there was no hpv anymore a little later I had very very tiny little bumps down there I was so confused as to what they were because they just looked like my skin. I went to the gyno and she told me I had warts but said i really have nothing to worry about because it wasn’t a bad case at all! so she gave me some type of cream I used for how ever long she told me. They haven’t come back since and that was 3 years ago. I know your not a doctor and I’m going to go back to the gyno and ask this also because I haven’t asked because I’ve forgotten I had it but if the hpv is said to be gone and the warts have never come back in 3 years does this maybe mean I’m okay ? And that the hpv went away cause of my immune system ? But if the worts are gone are they still in my body where they can come back? Because I saw you talked about killing the root of the warts idk if what I used did that but if they haven’t come back am I maybe okay ? Point being nothing’s happened since I first found out can I spread anything to anyone else

    • Greg says:

      Hi Britt,

      It’s been long enough now that you’re probably ok but it never hurts to go in and get it checked again to make sure. Sometimes skin colored bumps that form near the vulva are just female fordyce spots and not warts. Even some doctors can mistake this if they don’t see enough cases to have a lot of experience. Even if they were warts, some people’s bodies can clear away the virus in 2 years if the warts stay gone during that time. You might be one of these types of people. (of course I don’t know for sure, but I’m just giving you suggestions based on what the statistics usually are) The whole goal of my report is to get people to a point where they’re clear of all the warts and their body can handle the rest of the job getting rid of the virus. Some people can do this on their own and some people need extra help which is why the immune boosting techniques are in there.

  53. William says:

    Dear greg.
    I had a gf who lost her vaginity to me about six years ago, either I had contracted hpv with previous partners or she may have given it to me orally and I may have than transmitted it to her vagina. Im not sure.
    I have never broken out in warts and either has she, but she once got tested and was told she had hpv. Its been two years since we have been three years since weve been together and bout five years since she found out and we still havent had outbreaks.
    Im currently with another girl now who has had her first sexual experience with me. Ive been with her over two years and used protection until about a couple of months ago where I just put it in her, but ive never ejaculated in her.
    My question is. even thou ive never had an outbreak, can I pass the virus onto her?

    • Greg says:

      Hi William,

      HPV lives in the skin (not blood or other fluids) so it mainly spreads by direct skin to skin contact with the area. Usually this is when someone has an active case but I have heard of it spreading when there were no obvious signs (like when a woman has an area up inside where she can’t see or the guy has an area that isn’t obvious)

  54. james says:

    Hi Greg, you Blog is refreshing and cuts through all the frustration and confusion about this issue. I got genital warts when I was 21 and I got married at 24 where we basically passed them back and forth. We,ve been apart for 10 years now and in 2003 I got my last wart removed by the root. There has been no outbreak since then and I now have been in a sexually active relationship (unprotected) for a year. Do I have to worry that it will return or that I’ll pass it ont o her?
    I am so paranoid about every little bump or blemish on my penis thinking it will return.. thanks!

    • Greg says:

      Hi James,

      This is all a matter of statistics and probability but based on what you said, you should be ok since it’s been 8 years or so since you last had any warts. The reason I say “statistics and probability” is because most people can clear it up after 2 years or so, but not everyone. There is a chance after all this time, but it is pretty small by now.

  55. jhon says:

    Heey greg i was just veiwing the pics and was thinking can you get fordyce spots on your testicals?

  56. Hardy says:

    Hi Greg

    (For 3 or 4 times) I had sex with a girl (protected sex) about 5 years ago and the condom had a bit of blood a few times.

    Last year I started to develop a few flat headed wart-like spots on my lower shaft and immediately saw a doctor.

    The doctor did the acetic acid test and had a look at them with magnifying lenses. He told me that they are not STD genital warts and are normal non-std genital warts as they are having flat heads, are not cauliflower like warts, do not turn white with vinegar test and are not in groups.
    Then he burnt them with liquid nitrogen.

    In 6 months time, 2 of them appeared exactly at the same spot and the doctor burnt them again and told me again that they are not std.

    about a month ago (after 6 months again) the same two appeared again and he told me that the “may” or “may not” be std genital warts however they do not turn white after acetic acid test.

    Now my questions are:
    1. What are these non-cauliflower like flat headed warts appearing every 6 months at the same spots?

    2. “If” they’re std GWs, how can I start a serious relationship and protecting my partner developing these std genital warts?

    • Greg says:

      There is a such a thing called exactly that: “flat warts” and this is probably what they are. The most likely reason they keep coming back is because the treatment isn’t getting rid of the roots under the skin. Method 2 in my report works well on flat warts and does get out the root so if it were me, that would be the next logical step to try. And not all warts will turn color with the acetic acid test – it’s unfortunate but its just not a foolproof test we can rely on. I tell people about it once in awhile because it’s better than absolutely nothing, but it’s not great. To be in a new relationship, you’ll have to get rid of the warts and keep them gone for at least 6 months. If they come back during that time, the clock resets and you have to treat again and start over. But this is the safest way I know of right now to make sure you’re really clear. Getting people to this 6 month mark is what my report is for and for most people it does a really good job keeping it gone.

  57. vicki says:

    Wow, so you seem to know your stuff Greg! I got Genital warts in the summer of 2010 my obgyn prescribed me a cream I forgot the name of it but it took them away in about 2 weeks. I got the HPV shot after & I haven’t had an outbreak since. I’ve had unprotected sex and was wondering if I could have haven it to my partner ? Also I’m 7 months pregnant my obgyn knew & found my pap smear normal and found me negative from every std. Should I be worried I might pass it to my baby? Did the doc missed something?

    • Greg says:

      Thanks Vicki πŸ™‚ And from what you’ve said, it sounds like you’re probably ok since it’s been a year and a half since you last had any signs. But keep in mind this is all really a statistics game – no one can say for sure, especially someone like me over the internet who doesn’t know you or the situation. To be safe, you could go in and get a visual exam to top off all the other precautions you’ve already taken. HPV does not automatically pass to a child like how hepatitis does, but it does cause a problem if its in the birth canal area during delivery.

  58. Angelina says:

    I had an outbreak of genital warts about a year ago. It was cleared up with liquid nitrogen. I recently had sex but were only in contact for a short while since we decided it wasn’t a good idea.
    What are the chances that it has been passed on? I am scared.

  59. jess says:

    Hi greg I found a tiny spot/wart a couple months a go it was very very small, it was just near the clitoris area so I went to have it checked and found out it was a minor case ‘genital wart’ she froze it straight away and gave me the warticon cream (podophyllotoxin) which says to use 2 times a day for 3 days then 4 days off repeat for 4 weeks! I have done this and haven’t seen any others appearing as of yet. she never mentioned hpv although I know it means I have the virus to appear with one in the first place, the dr never asked me to go back for a check or anything she just said boost your immune system and stop smoking, yet on here I’ve read people have had hpv shots, pap tests (what ever they are?) Should I go back and be checked again as I’m not convinced, and am worrying they may be inside the vagina where I can’t see as I’ve had a lot of dark brown discharge which just is constant is that any symptoms? the person I have been seeing for the last year, recently has had a couple of warts appear, although since I found my one we haven’t had sex! I’m now worrying about having sex with him as I don’t want to get it back n we both think it will have to end if any more appear? do couples live happy with this n not always have them ever again after being treated or do I need to stay away from this person I’m so upset about this, feel like my lifes ruined? I’m trying my best to keep my immune system high which I struggle with if u could give me any tips I’ll be greatfull! Thanks x

    • Greg says:

      Hi Jess,

      When you see the phrase “pap test” on here what they’re referring to is a pap smear test at a gynecologist. And yes it sounds like it would be a good idea to go back and get checked, especially since you mentioned discharge. That’s not really a symptom of warts/HPV but it could be of something else. I don’t know a lot about other STD’s but I know some of them cause discharges of various kinds. Yes, its possible to live a normal life again but it’s easier to treat for some people than others. If the guy you’re seeing still has visible warts, he could use the treatments in my report since they work best when there is an active case. For your case, the only thing you would be able to do at this point are the immune boosting methods unless another wart came up again.

  60. Memory says:

    Thank u for ur site.I had hpv in 2009 and had it removed by surgery.have not been sexually active since then and have nt seen any warts on me.have met someone and want to be active with them bt am afraid i’ll pass to him.will i pass it to him and can i have oral sex with him?

    • Greg says:

      After 3 years of no signs of anything, chances are it’s probably ok. That is enough time for most people’s bodies to clear it on out. Some research says 3 months and some says 6 months and I always like to err on the side of caution so nowadays I go with the 6 month figure.

  61. Ash says:

    Hello! I have a few questions for you….

    *I’ve had warts appear a few times since I found out I had genital warts. But my paps keep coming back fine (no HPV).
    -Is it possible to have genital warts without having HPV?
    -If its possible, does that mean that once the warts are not visible and burned off, I can’t pass it to the next person?
    -How effective is the burning treatment, anyway?

    Thank you!

    • Greg says:

      Hi Ash,

      Most of what pap tests do is detect abnormal cells in the cervix which could be caused by the presence of HPV. So you could have HPV elsewhere, just not inside where they carry out the test. Burning treatments for genital warts usually appear to work but often they come back within 2 or 3 months. Sometimes I’ve heard of people getting lucky and the doctor who did the treatment was very skilled and was lucky enough to get the root, but oftentimes it’s left behind which leaves the door open for something to come back later. One of the reasons why my report is so popular to get rid of the warts is because the 2 main treatments absorb through the skin to get at the root, shrink it down, and eventually eliminate it entirely.

  62. anon says:

    i found out a week ago that i have genital warts, i had two and got them both removed. they went away after a couple of days. after they went away, recently i found another one (all together i’ve had three) and i’m going to have that removed as well, what are the chances of them coming back the fourth time? i had both burnt off and they went away pretty quickly, but what are the chances of my boyfriend getting genital warts and when can him & i start having sex again? i know that having unprotected sex is not a good idea, but when and if we have sex and we use a condom, will that lower the risk of the warts coming back again? or is it just safe to say, that him and i can never have sex again? this is a big concern for me and i don’t exactly know what to do anymore and it’s only been a week.

    • Greg says:

      A lot of people, websites and doctors are still going off of old information (from a few years ago) when they make people feel like they’re going to have this haunt them for life and that its going to continue to affect you getting married, sex, kids, etc. More recent information is that it’s really not true. There are some STDs where that sort of effect IS true, but this isn’t one of them.

      More recently, there has been some great HPV research put out saying if you can get rid of the warts and KEEP them gone for at least 6 months, you should be ok after that point because your body does the rest of the job. The reason why so many people have it for years is because they were never able to get rid of the warts for good in the first place. When I read about this new info awhile back, I’m sure this is what happened in my case. I got rid of the warts and then enough time passed that my body just handled the rest on its own.

      So that’s really what my report is all about; getting people to that 6 month point. A lot of the people who get my report have gone through similar treatments of burning/freezing/creams and apple cider vinegar and all that. The problem with this stuff is it rarely works and when it appears to, it only gets the surface part of the wart and leaves the root underneath which is how it eventually comes back about 2 or 3 months later. The 2 main treatments in my report absorb in through the skin to get at the root and shrink it down to where when the wart goes away, there is no root left under the skin for anything in the future to start with. That’s how the whole process becomes like a game of “whack-a-mole” where you get rid of all of them in one area, but you may have roots in other areas – so you just treat those next and eventually you should reach a point where nothing comes back at all. Then you just wait the 6 months and as long as nothing comes back during that time, you can go on and live normally again.

  63. need peace of mind says:

    Hi Greg,

    I was diagnosed with HPV and genital warts less than a week ago. I have been with my boyfriend for approximately 6 months now. Prior to him, I was married and with the same man for 7 years. I also had my last PAP smear performed right after I started dating my boyfriend, which came back clear. I know there is no way to prove where I got HPV and warts from, but my boyfriend admitted to me that he was extremely promiscuous and not always protected in his younger days. So I’m just going to assume that he is who I got it from… The thing is though that he has never shown any signs of warts or anything. Is this typical of men/their symptoms? Is it more common for them to be “carriers”?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Greg says:

      Yes, as far as I know it’s possible to be a carrier and not know it. That’s one of the main reasons why HPV is the most common out there. Different people can react to the same virus differently – some can form warts and some might not.

  64. jayde says:

    I havent had warts in almost 6 months but I did get a pap test about 4 months ago and I came back negative for hpv. Does that mean its totally out of my system?? because I’m worried about spreading it.

    • Greg says:

      Hi Jayde,

      From what I’ve read, the chances of anything coming back after 6 months of being totally clear are very small.

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