I found out about a month ago that I have HPV, the kind that causes genital warts. They were very small growths on my perineum, so I got them burned off. They came back about a week or so later, so I went in to get them burned off again. I also got a pap smear done since I've heard that it's relatively common to have more than one strain of HPV at once, and (surprise) it came back abnormal. I went in today to get a colposcopy (ouuuuch) done, and my doctor said there were precancerous cell changes on my cervix, but they'd give me a more definitive analysis by Friday. I have a few questions about HPV, and I can't seem to find the answers to anywhere else online, so I figured I would give VP a shot.
1) How likely is it to pass HPV to someone if you have no visible warts? I've read that it's something like a 30% chance to pass the warts on to someone if you don't have an active infection and have waited at least 2 weeks since you had them removed, but it diminishes over time, but I don't know how accurate that is.
2) What is the standard etiquette when dating with HPV? Do potential partners need to know? I've heard mixed things about this one. Some people think that it's so common that it's not really necessary to talk about, but I would definitely want to know if someone I was sleeping with had it...I would never have subjected myself to this horrible virus otherwise. :(
3) Are there any (effective) natural remedies for GW? I've heard about apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil, but I'm not sure about the efficacy. Does anyone have any personal experience with this?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated...this has been hell to deal with, and I'm so scared of what the colposcopy will turn up. :(