Most people who get infected will recover from HPV infections with no health problems at all. Many people develop immunity - a natural protection - against different types of HPV. However, some people develop long-term recurrent HPV infections, pre-cancerous abnormal cell changes, or cervical cancer. It's not known why they do. So the advice to partners of those who are HPV positive is to carry on as normal as they have probably already been infected and cleared the infection unless in the tiny minority. The advice would be to carry on with normal life but to be vigilant (i.e. have regular screening - Pap smears, etc.)
Hope that helps put this issue in context.