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A 25-year-old female asked:

I have hpv high risks and active genital warts. can i swim in swimming pool? will i trasmit hpv virus to people through swimming pool? how about sharing bathtub and washing machine with family? can i wash my cloth n used panty together with theirs?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No worries: Swimming pools, bathtubs, and washing machines do not transmit HPV infections. The laundry can be washed together (but separate the lights and darks, and know which fabrics should use hot, warm, or cool water. Otherwise, people may get upset if their clothes get messed up in the laundry).
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Do HPV live on pubic hair?I have HPV genital warts and high risk.My mother touched my pubic skin w/ hair while touching around my pelvic after i complained about my pelvic pain to her. Can my HPV virus got into her finger and can infect her some way?
Dr. Ralph Boling
Obstetrics and Gynecology 41 years experience
Unlikely with: this contact, but wearing gloves, and using condoms can decrease risk of spread.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
I have hpv genital wart, if my sister tuoch my dirty underwear by her hand to put it in washing machine can she get hpv plz answer im scared ?
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No: In real life, that sort of transmission does not happen. One can feel free to help do each other's laundry.
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Last updated Dec 15, 2019
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