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A 40-year-old male asked:

Hand first touches the surface of the object contaminated by the genital wart or the genital hpv, such as the door handle of the consulting room for stds,and then the hand touches the genitals. will this behavior also be a means of transmission?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: This germ is not passed randomly like staph or strep might be from simple contact. It is spread by direct contact from genital to genital skin. There are HPV strains that cause infections like simple warts, but the strains that cause genital disease ca only infect genital skin.

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Last updated Jan 8, 2020

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