Herpes from a personal ad?

| Originally Published: June 19, 1998 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: September 15, 2006
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Dear Alice,

Do the initials HWP have anything to do with a sexually transmitted disease, like herpes? I saw this in a personal ad and wanted to know.

Thanks.

Dear Reader,

Although it's possible the person posting the ad meant "Hairy With Piercings," HWP usually stands for Height Weight Proportionate (or Proportional). That is, the person's weight falls within an average range for people of the same height.

While there aren't any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with the initials "HWP," your question provides a great opportunity to list some of today's more common sexual health-related abbreviations:

AIDS = acquired immune deficiency syndrome
BC = birth control
BV = bacterial vaginosis
CMV = cytomegalovirus
EC = emergency contraception
ECP = emergency contraceptive pill
GYN = gynecologist
HBV = hepatitis B
HCV = hepatitis C
HIV = human immunodeficiency virus
HIV+ or Poz = HIV-positive (someone with HIV)
HPV = human papillomavirus
HSV = herpes simplex virus
IUD = intrauterine device
LEEP = loop electrosurgical excision procedure
OB = obstetrician
OC = oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
PID = pelvic inflammatory disease
The Big H = herpes
TSS = toxic shock syndrome
UTI = urinary tract infection

This list may be more likely to appear in a medical chart than a personal ad, but you never know… you might just see "HWP OB/GYN seeks similar professional who enjoys discussing the politics of ECP and the prevention of HIV and HPV."

Good luck with your deciphering — hopefully, it'll lead to some enjoyable dates!

Alice

May 9, 2004

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Silly Alice! Re: recent reader question: HWP == Height-Weight Proportionate ("not fat"). Compare to BBW == Big Beautiful Woman, though this usage may be specific to WWW (World Wide Web (: )...
Silly Alice! Re: recent reader question: HWP == Height-Weight Proportionate ("not fat"). Compare to BBW == Big Beautiful Woman, though this usage may be specific to WWW (World Wide Web (: ) personals.

May 9, 2004

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Alice, About the HWP thing: I think it stands for height-weight proportionate, which is a nice thing. And, I have (fairly often) seen personals ads with STDs in them, including HIV, herpes,...
Alice, About the HWP thing: I think it stands for height-weight proportionate, which is a nice thing. And, I have (fairly often) seen personals ads with STDs in them, including HIV, herpes, hepatitis…

May 9, 2004

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Dear Alice, To answer your question about HWP in a personal ad, it usually means Height-Weight- Proportionate. That means that a 6' tall athletic woman is not overweight at 150 lbs. — G
Dear Alice, To answer your question about HWP in a personal ad, it usually means Height-Weight- Proportionate. That means that a 6' tall athletic woman is not overweight at 150 lbs. — G

June 26, 1998

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Hey Alice! I'm a co-ed from Southern Oregon University who enjoys your site very much. I thought I'd let you know that "HWP" means "Height-Weight Proportionate." It's a way for folks to discourage...
Hey Alice! I'm a co-ed from Southern Oregon University who enjoys your site very much. I thought I'd let you know that "HWP" means "Height-Weight Proportionate." It's a way for folks to discourage "fatties" from responding to their personal ads. Thought you might like to know! Sincerely, a Happy, Fat, Sexually satisfied bi-sexual Lesbian in Oregon