Opening up to your partner about your HPV diagnosis might make you feel more worried compared to the diagnosis itself. However, you don’t need to worry!
This article will provide you with simple steps to have a good talk and understand what comes next for both of you.
Learn more about HPV
If you have questions about HPV, your partner might have them too. Take some time to find out more about it. Figure out if it’s a serious type or not.
As you may know, some strains of the HPV virus might not cause any problems. Conversely, a few strains can lead to genital warts and even cancer. Learning more about the virus allows you to answer most of the questions your partner might have. This will alleviate the unnecessary worry that comes from uncertainty.
No one’s to blame
Don’t feel like you need to say sorry for having this virus. The prevalence of HPV is extremely high, especially in sexually active individuals. It doesn’t mean you or your partner did anything wrong.
The HPV virus can move between partners easily, so it’s hard to know who had it first.
Choose your timing carefully
Don’t surprise your partner with this news when you’re busy or not in a good place to chat (e.g., shopping, running errands). Set aside some time just for both of you without any distractions.
If you’re worried about answering your partner’s questions, you can ask them to come with you to a doctor’s appointment. This is ideal for sharing the news as your doctor can explain the diagnosis and the necessary steps to take.
If you’d rather tell your partner before the doctor’s appointment, that’s also okay.
Think about what’s next
If you looked up information about HPV before this talk, you’ll be ready to tell your partner what to expect.
Here are some things to think about:
- Do either of you need HPV treatment?
- How did you find out about the HPV infection?
- Should your partner get tested for HPV?
- How might it affect your future?
- There are some excellent natural supplements that have proven to be effective in fighting the HPV infection including a mushroom compound from Japan called AHCC
Plan for the future
Getting an HPV diagnosis doesn’t mean your relationship has to end. If your partner gets upset, remember that it’s not your fault. Your partner might need time to understand and figure out what it means for both of you.
Even though there’s no cure for the HPV virus, you can treat its symptoms. By taking care of your health, watching for new symptoms, and treating things as they come up, you and your partner can still live a normal, healthy life together.
Speaking to your partner about HPV can be a worrisome subject, especially when you don’t know how they will react. Luckily, you can take the steps listed in this article to answer their questions and eliminate unfounded fears.