Sexual Intimacy and HPV
So I've been trying to get some information on HPV lately, and I have to say that it's been frustrating. But what I've come up with is frightening for me.
My female partner has asked to be intimate with someone outside of our polyfi quad. She would, of course, use a condom. However, the research I've done seems to say that condoms are not completely effective against HPV. About 11 years ago, I had a large part of my cervix cut away because of precancerous lesions. Large enough that they didn't think I'd be able to have another baby. While I'm done having babies, the rapid growth of these lesions terrify me--I was stage 3 in less than a year. And the increased medical attention afterward was not a walk in the park, either. I don't want to be exposed again, and I'm feeling pretty dumb for not thinking of this before getting involved with new people. And pretty scared.
But the real point I was getting to is, what do you other poly women think of HPV? Do you feel safe enough using condoms? Do you think that the vaccine will protect you? I'd love to see a discussion other than the one that's rattling around in my head.