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Disclosing Your STD Status

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/ask_your_yenta/item/disclosing_your_std_status_20110112

Dear Yenta,

I went to get my PAP and check on my sexual health status. I was told the doctor would screen for HPV but that at my age (late 30's) it was to act as a screening for cervical cancer. I was told it might appear only later to disappear and that in my age bracket it wasn't really anything to be concerned with, just that I would have to come back next year rather than in two years (I guess they only do an every other year exam now). I went and did my AIDS test, and had abstained for a 8 weeks to make sure I was "all clear" when they did the exam. I began a new relationship soon after, and felt great to report that I was healthy. A few weeks into the relationship my results came in saying my HPV test was positive, but not to be alarmed. The meds that are available are for twenty somethings...so I was not prescribed anything. Now the problem is when I started to research HPV I found that I may have passed on to my lover - because one only needs to have CONTACT even with a condom on.

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