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can hpv spread through saliva

A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Berryman
53 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oral HPV/ spread?: Any mucosal surface will be a potential source of both acquiring and spreading HPV: this includes oral areas, so "kissing" can cause spread, and genit ... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brandon Bourgeous
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Virus is shed in: Fluids that contact infected skin cells but viral load, immunity and virus survival outside the body all influence the chance of infection in the pers ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Yes, but less likely: HPV usually requires moisture, but it can happen!
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Different strains : The hpv that causes warts on skin are a different strain than what causes hpv in the mouth. Like humans are made up of many different strains, with d ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk: This is one of at least 3 questions you have asked about HPV, all of them suggesting you are unnecessarily worried about catching it. You are at risk ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possible, unlikely: It is most commonly transmitted by direct contact. Separating that from salivary transmission would be difficult, and the enzymes in saliva usually d ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience Dentistry
Unlikely: Accidental exposure to a small amount of saliva as you describe is very unlikely to transmit hpv but it isn't impossible. I'd say the likelihood of ge ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Unpredictable.: One won't know she has oral HPV in the mouth or throat unless there's an abnormal spot or lump. Tiny spots of HPV would not be noticed by the person. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Carpenter
44 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Probably yes: Hpv is best prevented by receiving the vaccine prior to initiation of sexual activity. After it is present, it can recur even with treatment. Transmi ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably no risk: With genital warts, the HPV infection probably is limited to your genital area, and you can pass it to partners only if they have intimate contact wit ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on details: If the question is can hands spread HPV, then the answer is YES. That means if you put HPV, Flu, or COVID viruses on your hands and do nothing else ot ... Read More

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