A 19-year-old female asked:
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if a guy touches the vaginal discharge of a girl who's infected with hpv with his hand and use his hand to scratch his face and lips, what will happen?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Likely nothing: The HPV germs are rather selective in the environments where they will live. Genital HPV infections can pass to other genital skin, and sometimes the throat, but the regular skin surface would not be a site in a person with a normal immune system.
Answered on Jan 28, 2017
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk: Common sense alone tells you that nothing will happen, i.e. you will not develop any sort of HPV problem of the face and lips. At any point in time, 25-50% of people age 20-30 have genital HPV. So obviously there are millions of episodes of hand-genital contact with such persons, often with touching or scratching the face afterward. But almost nobody has problems with facial HPV. Don't worry.
Answered on Dec 10, 2019

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