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A 27-year-old male asked:

My friend has hpv warts on his neck, i used his pillow for some days, will i acquire the virus and get warts on my neck or other parts? a bit worried.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Stop worrying: Everybody has a few strains of HPV. There are probably over 100 subtypes. Warts are no big deal. Be glad you have a friend who likes you enough to let you borrow his pillow.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for the follow-up and your kind words.
Sep 26, 2016
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Probably not warts: First, the neck is a very unlikely place for warts; something else probably is the cause. Your friend should see a doctor for professional diagnosis. But even if they are warts, the virus that causes them (human papillomavirus, HPV) is not transmitted by contact with clothing, sheets, etc. You are not at risk even if your friend has warts on the neck or anywhere else.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Dr. Handsfield raises a good point. Skin tags are common on the neck; warts less so. Skin tags aren't catching.
Sep 26, 2016

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