This is particularly true since HPV infection can be free of symptoms and is not tested for during STD screenings.
However, there are also other steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Up in his apartment, I excused myself to go to the bathroom and practiced my not-about-to-cry look in the mirror. In fact, the outcome that came to pass was the only one I hadn't allowed myself to imagine.
Then I crossed the living room and sat next to him on the couch. "I have to talk to you." He nodded as my confession tumbled out. Now that we're engaged, I think of that night with Mike often. My HPV hasn't interfered with my ability to have kids, so the only question now is when.
The only surefire way to avoid genital warts is to abstain from sexual intercourse.
He might find me attractive, but would he still want to sleep with me? "Being nice to me now will only make it harder," I managed to croak. (It might, but no one knows when.) Yet he didn't judge me.