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A 30-year-old female asked:

is it possible to catch hpv from shared use of towels, toilets, and pants (if they were worn without underwear)?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
HPV: Transmission by inanimate objects or on a person’s hand is unlikely, although nothing is impossible. Use of condoms is recommended and if you can receive the vaccine that is also beneficial. Be careful, it is dangerous out there. Best wishes.

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A member asked:

What is HPV and how is it transmitted from one to another, is there types transferred through toilets and sonas?

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Dr. John Nesbitt
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No: Hpv , or human papilloma virus is a sexually transmitted disease, not transferred through toilets or saunas.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 27-year-old female asked:

When genial HPV isn't active. How is it transmitted. Can this happened by toilet seats. Towels. Clothes. Cups. Spoons. Kissing?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
HPV: Is generally transmitted by direct contact and not by inanimate objects. It is unclear what you mean by "isn't active" since this is almost always without symptoms other than the presence of warts.
CA
A 20-year-old female asked:

Can you spread Hpv through a toilet seat I thought you couldn't?

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Dr. Stephen Richards
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yep: Possible but not probable. Would have to have almost immediate contact from an infected person.
Winters, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

Does HPV stay alive on surfaces/objects? If so how long? Things like toilet, shower wand handle, and door knobs are of concern.

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Dr. James Lin
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Here are some...: HPV particles alone are inactive, but if they gain access to cells of skin or mucosa, usually through some micro-injury to external natural barriers-skin/mucosa, which is invisible, these infective agents may replicate or be eliminated by internal humoral immune defense. So, I would throw the worry to catch HPV by the contact as described out of window of life reality, and you are okay,
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Oct 16, 2017
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Im a virgin, could i get hpv from casual contacts and toilets? I am not vaccinated.

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Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Hpv vaccination : Even Nuns have contracted this virus as it will get most people eventually.

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