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A 24-year-old male asked:

i have genital warts on anus. if i use the same washing machine with my family, it will be a problem? i don't want to infect my family. thanks a lot.

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Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Gynecology 26 years experience
No problem: donot worry continue using same washing machine
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not passed that way: Genital warts as well as other forms of HPV are passed by skin to skin contact, not similar to other germs that might pass from casual contact. There appears to be some abrasive contact needed to push the germ onto/into the skin as part of transfer.

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Last updated May 17, 2018

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