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Can you get hpv from sharing a towel

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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Gynecology 23 years experience
Less likely: HPV is typically transmitted with skin to skin contact
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: This is very unlikely. It is generally felt that the virus is not stable enough to survive with any veracity in such an environment.

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
HPV: Hpv is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. Hpv may also be passed on during oral sex and genital-to-genital con... Read More
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Towel is likely: But relax. Various strains of HPV are everywhere. Everybody has a few of them. You almost certainly do too. Sharing towels is gross but it's not goin... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
UNLIKELY: in order to acquire papilloma virus infection you need multiple direct contacts with the infected person , , ' sharing a drink ' is not enough c... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Contagious: Genital herpes is usually transmitted by contact with the genital area. If a person with eruptions sheds virus on his hands and touches your chewing g... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Here are some ...: This question shows you as a health-conscious person. But, to HPV, there has been no known evidence to support this concern although anecdotal auto-in... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Very unlikely: Probably not. HPV is transmitted via direct sexual contact involving bodily fluids. There is very little chance that virus left on underwear or towels... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Chances are much greater for a young child to have picked the virus during birthing process if he developed condyloma before 2 years of age.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Unlikely, but... : A 1997 study in the journal of infectious disease demonstrated that hpv-16 showed 100%, 50%, and 30% of infectivity when dehydrated on a surface for 1... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: There have been studies showing fomite transmission in girls sharing panties. I don't know of any directly done on sponges and such but it seems likel... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Theoretically : If the cigarette has been held by a person with hpv on the fingers, theoretically the virus can be transmitted to another person. Usually, however, tr... Read More

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