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A 25-year-old female asked:

if i have the hpv that causes abnormal cell changes in my cervix can i pass that onto my 4 year old daughter?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Family practice : You can be assured you can't pass hpv to your daughter. It can only be passed sexually. We start giving vaccines against hpv as prevention at age 9.
Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
No: While certain types of hpv, just like many other viruses, can be transmitted- it is generally thru direct contact. So, in this context, your daughter is safe. Btw, hpv is so so common in young women, the infection is usually very brief, and the associated abnormal pap smear changes frequently resolve without treatment. Good luck.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not to her now: During the birthing process, newborn gets exposed to hpv in the birth canal. Later on, exposed infant develops condyloma or laryngeal papilloma.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: HPV has many strains but all are passed through direct exposure. The wart strains (not cervical abnormality strains) have rarely been passed by exposure in a vaginal delivery. These can lay dormant and show up as vocal cord warts or genital warts up to 2 yrs of age. We have no documentation of a similar passage of non-wart strains.

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