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A 19-year-old female asked:

How is it possible for a virgin to get hpv ? can hpv be spread through the air ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Little or no risk: HPV is not spread through the air or in the environment, e.g. touching surfaces, in toilets, by towels, etc. Almost all cases are by sex, virgins not at risk. However, there is slight risk from some kinds of sex without penetration, especially oral sex; and maybe rare cases by hand-genital contact, fingiering, etc. Get vaccinated to prevent the 9 most common and most dangerous HPV types.

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Is it possible to get HPV if a virgin with a series of boyfriends?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
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"Virgial" "HPV" Sex: First, after your first "encounter" you're not a virgin. Second, any "encounter" with a partner potentially "+" for hpv puts you at risk - there is no protection from hph with "unprotected" intercourse!
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Could I get HPV if my boyfriend and I are virgins?

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Pediatrics 23 years experience
Unlikely: If you are both certified virgins, the probability of you contracting hpv from him is very low. There are a percentage of people however who are "born" with hpv, after contracting it from their infected mothers. Please keep this in mind. My suggestion would be to get vaccinated against hpv before you have sex reducing your risk even further!

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