[Question #7637] Papilloma on my soft palate

 
21 days ago
I have a papilloma on my soft palate. I have had it for years. It doesn’t seem to be going away. My question is should I disclose this to a partner before I kissed them? 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
21 days ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services. However, and with apology, I can't help very much.

I assume your use of the medical term means this probably has been seen and professionally diagnosed as a papilloma. For such an issue in the oral cavity, some physicians might use that term for any of several growths other than warts cased by human papillomavirus (HPV) (i.e. true papillomas). And assuming the diagnosis is correct, i.e. that you have an oral wart caused by HPV, after presence for several years, it may not be transmissible. In addition, most oral warts are not caused by the genital HPV types. Finally, oral HPV is not known to be transmitted by kissing, although it may occur from time to time by sexual (open mouth) kissing, but probably never by social kissing, i.e. a quick kiss on someone's mouth or cheek.

My guess is that you need not disclose this to anyone, including kissing or sexual partners. However, I stress that this is a guess -- not being an STD problem, this is outside this forum's main areas of expertise. If you have a regular doctor, or a doctor who has evaluated and followed this problem, it would be reasonable to follow up with that provider and follow his or her advice.

Sorry I can't give you more defintive answers, but I hope these comments are somewhat helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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21 days ago
Thank you very much. 
2 days ago
Just I follow up. If I had a genital wart over five years ago and have not had one since. Does it sound like I’ve cleared the infection and is there reason to discuss this with future partners when it comes to transmission? 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
2 days ago
HPV DNA may persist for life, but recurrences of active infection -- i.e. potential for recurrent warts or transmission to partners -- is rare after 5 years. I doubt warts will ever reappear and I see no need to inform sex partners of your past infection. Some couples discuss past partnerships and STD history as they move toward commitment, but that's a relationship issue -- not important for transmssion risk for HPV.---