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If someone has hpv on their genitals then scratches their genitals and dries their hands...can someone who uses the hand towel the next day get hpv?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No worries: Genital HPV isn't transmitted by indirect contact, i.e. by contaminated towels, toilets, etc. It is only transmitted by direct sexual contact. And the genital HPV types do not infect the hands. Don't worry about it.

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