Question by Rachel: Can any STDs cause low white blood cell count?
My ex just went to the doctor for a physical and they called back saying his WBC count was low and that he probably has HPV. I read on the internet that unless a guy has warts on his genital area, they have no way of knowing if a guy has HPV. He texted me today saying that he got an STD from me. Can STDs cause low WBC? I’m going to the doctor tomorrow to get checked along with my current boyfriend. I want to be safe. I had a yeast infection a few months ago and it spread to my armpits. Since then I’ve had off and on gooey smelly discharge that seems to come right after my period. No itching or pain or anything. I don’t think it’s HIV. It’s been 6 months since i had sex with my ex and neither of us has been sick or had symptoms of that. Any advice?
Answer by tarnishedsilverheart
HPV is not found in the blood it cannot cause a low blood count. Your past ex may have something else going on that is causing the low white blood count.
There is no HPV test for men in the absence of visible genital warts. Many men and women carry a genital HPV type and never show a visible wart or have abnormal cells of the cervix. It can take months, years or decades for a person to show visible genital warts or abnormal cell changes of the cervix.
Genital HPV testing is not included in any STD screening. The only approved HPV test is for screening the cervix. An HPV test may follow an abnormal Pap test. A Pap test is not an HPV test. A Pap test looks for abnormal cell changes the virus can cause. Women can have a negative Pap test and have HPV. In the US the first Pap test is at age 21. If you are 21 it is probably a good idea to have one.
HPV does not cause a gooey smelly discharge. You probably some type of Bacterial Vaginosis or yeast. . Seeing your doctor is a good thing. It is important to know the limits of any STI testing.
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