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A 23-year-old male asked:

after reading about hpv, i have been worried about getting it via holding hands, shaking hands, hugging etc. with friends and all, shall i be worried?

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Dr. Ira Raff
Dr. Ira Raff answered
Urology 57 years experience
Hpv: it is a virus to shred so i donot think shaking hands or hugging will cause one to get hpv
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not so much: HPV is a family of viruses.Those with the most consequence are the strains associated with sexual transmission.Although there is times when these strains will shed & contaminate various surfaces it appears the STI strains pass only with direct skin to skin contact along with a mechanical or abrasive event. These strains are also site specific, tending to live only on specific genital skin.

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