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A 28-year-old female asked:

Can someone with genital warts or hpv strains unknowingly transfer it to other household family members through bathroom hand drying towels or sharing pool towels? or any other contaminated surfaces?

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Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Dr. Arnold Lentnekanswered
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
HPV generally spread via direct skin-to-skin contact. While nothing in medicine is “impossible” spread via forties very (very) unlikely
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Do the strains of hpv that cause hand and feet warts put you at risk for penile, throat,or other cancers? I don't have Genital Warts FYI?
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Followup question. Do high risk strains of HPV cause cutaneous warts on top of feet and back of hands or is it low risk only? Different then Genital HPV? thanks?
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