A 25-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to get oral hpv from licking/sucking fingers.dont know whether partner infected or don't know whether partner touched genitals with the same hand before tht.is it possible for such mode to transmit oral hpv.please help

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Oral HPV is a lot less common than genital, and virtually all infections result from direct exposure by oral sex. HPV isn't acquired by oral contact with other body areas, including fingers, regardless of where those fingers have been. Don't worry about this.
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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
Anything is possible. But from your scenario very low to no chance
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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 56 years experience
If there are no open wounds or blood present on genitals than no transmission is possible. Finger with open wound and mouth with sores on lips can transfer virus to vagina with oral sex and fingering. Always be careful and knowledgably about safe sex.
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