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A 35-year-old female asked:

If one has hpv(type causing cervical cancer)&doesn't wash their hands,then gives you a non-sexual massage, can you get hpv due to the continuous touch?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chan Hwang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
No: The viruses that carry high risk for causing cervical cancers are all transmitted sexually.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: HPV are a family of viruses.Each strain has a preferred location for growth and the genital strains (cervical cancer type ) are specific to that type of skin (genital) . The transfer from one person to another requires direct skin to skin transfer between genitals, not hand to surface skin.

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Last updated Oct 13, 2016

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