[Question #1414] Warts

48 months ago
Hello,

I am looking for some reassurance please to put this to rest for me.

I was diagnosed from a walk in clinic dr with GW in March 2015, after having been unfaithful in August 2014. It was treated with Aldera for four days of treatments and has not come back.

My questions are:

1) At this time my husband has not shown any symptoms, is it likely that he will not now that it over 2 yrs since exposure and 20 months since my symptoms. 

2) I never saw the warts and were diagnosed from a walk in clinic. The person I was with never had any symptoms of warts, neither did his wife or my husband. Could this have mis-diagnosis 

Thank you so much 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
48 months ago

Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be pleased to comment.  Straight to your questions:

1) At this time my husband has not shown any symptoms, is it likely that he will not now that it over 2 yrs since exposure and 20 months since my symptoms. 
If your warts have resolved and have not recurred, if the treated lesions were warts (see below), you should no longer be worried about recurrence or transmission to others.  Typically warts appear 3-6 months after exposure.  You are "out of the woods" 

2) I never saw the warts and were diagnosed from a walk in clinic. The person I was with never had any symptoms of warts, neither did his wife or my husband. Could this have mis-diagnosis.
Genital warts are common but they are also badly over diagnosed.  Therapy for warts, even imiqimod (Aldara), is destructive in nature so you will never know if the lesions seen were warts or not.  For better or for worse, not all infections by the virus that cause visible warts so the absence of visible warts in your husband, other partner, or his wife while strong evidence against your lesions being warts is not 100% evidence that they were not .

My advice to you at this time is that it is now time to move forward without further concern about the possibility that you or your partner have HPV.  I hope my comments are helpful to you.  EWH
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48 months ago
Thank you for your answers.

One more quick follow up, if I have had normal paps up to and including March 2015, how long before HPV appear on a abnormal on a Pap? Also would a negative HPV test with the Pap confirm that I would be unlikely to develop cervical cancer?

Thanks.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
48 months ago
 Unfortunately with your card to these problems there are no absolutes. That said, with the passage of time it is listen less and less likely that your infection will lead to abnormal Pap smears.  EWH---