What is the benefit of evaluating sex partners of patients with genital warts due to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The benefit of evaluating sex partners of patients with genital warts has been apparent. Several consort studies documented that 30% of female consorts and 80% of male consorts had HPV infection. Usually, the same type of HPV involved both parties, and often they were HPV 6, 11, 16, and 18. If the sexual partner has visible genital warts, sexual contact should be avoided until treatment is completed.

For patient education resources, see the Women’s Health Center, the Pregnancy Center, and the Cancer Center, as well as Genital Warts, Plantar Warts, and Pap Smear.


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