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Ageing and Sexuality expert
Thank you for being such a responsible sexual person-:) As was your ex- so good to hear.
Indeed you need to go for tests as HPV can be asymptomatic- just sit there quietly for years and at a certain stressful period of your life, jumps out at you. If you are clear you are indeed lucky as it is pretty infectious even when safer sex is practiced.
I suggest you request from your health care provider having a battery of STI tests including HPV. And you need to have a HIV test done too as this is polite way to begin a new relationship - and of course your new partner should do the same tests.
If you test positive for any STI become informed - not paranoid and aversive to sex. Informed and responsible. Just as it seems your ex did . HPV is tricky as even when there are no visible signs of an outbreak on an infected person, shedding can occur which is invisible and yet highly infectious. yet condoms offer much protection so of course using condoms- even if you are infection free now- is non - negotiable.
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