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Can you catch HPV from borrowing a bathing suit from an infected person?

Can you catch HPV from borrowing a bathing suit from an infected person?

Unlikely? Possibly?: Hpv is presumed to survive a short time outside the infected person, so if a swimsuit comes off an infected person and goes immediately onto a second person, it makes sense that the second person can catch the hpv. If a swimsuit goes in the washer/dryer before the second person wears it, the second person is safe. If a swimsuit isn't washed but just hung up to dry, possibly hpv lives hours? Days? ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Hpv (Definition)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more


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Can my child catch HPV by taking a bath with an HPV infected person?

No: Hpv is sexually transmitted. Causal contact, including sharing towels or taking baths does not transmit hpv. ...Read more

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If menstrual blood from a HPV infected person was on a toilet seat, can someone else catch it?

If menstrual blood from a HPV infected person was on a toilet seat, can someone else catch it?

Unlikely: Genital HPV does not infect normal skin, such as that found on the thigh or buttock, which is the area in contact with a toilet seat. The virus must come in contact with genital skin or mucous membrane. ...Read more

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What are the chances of not catching HPV from person who's infected when you have unprotected sex?

What are the chances of not catching HPV from person who's infected when you have unprotected sex?

Not good: But don't worry! hpv is very common and highly contagious. If you know you have been exposed to it, get regular pap smears and follow up as directed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I took a sip with MY straw from the drink of a person infected with oral HPV (she had already drunk from her cup). Can I catch HPV this way?

I took a sip with MY straw from the drink of a person infected with oral HPV (she had already drunk from her cup). Can I catch HPV this way?

VERY UNLIKELY: The transfer of this germ generally requires direct contact by two surfaces involved. A little germ debris floating in a drink does not have the power to grind into your tissue. I would not sweat the issue. ...Read more

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If I shared pantes from person infected by hpv genital wart can I catch hpv by thes method??

If I shared pantes from person infected by hpv genital wart can I catch hpv by thes method??

Well washed? No: If not washed, perhaps. The most dangerous is skin-to-skin or fluids to skin. Unwashed, recently worn fabric might still be able to spread the disease, so have a test if necessary and BE CAREFUL! Glad you asked. Hope you're fine. ...Read more

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Can I catch a std's such as syphilis, HSV or HPV by wearing someone's else dry bathing suit over my underwear?

Can I catch a std's such as syphilis, HSV or HPV by wearing someone's else dry bathing suit over my underwear?

No risk: No -- there is no chance of acquiring an STD. It wouldn't be a risk even if the bathing suit were set and you weren't wearing underwear. They call them STDs for a reason: they are not transmitted without sex! ...Read more

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I was infected by hpv gental wart since 3 years ago I trated by cryo tell now I don't have wart. I have baby dose my baby 3 month old catch hpv?

I was infected by hpv gental wart since 3 years ago I trated by cryo tell now I don't have wart. I have baby dose my baby 3 month old catch hpv?

Hard to say: If your baby was delivered vaginally and you were shedding HPV virus at the time (can happen without visible warts), the baby might become infected. Babies can have genital or vocal cord warts develop within the first 2 years after birth under those circumstances. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have passed HPV to my daughter while bathing/changing her?

Is it possible to have passed HPV to my daughter while bathing/changing her?

Unlikely: There seems to be a component of active skin to skin contact with the body parts susceptible for HPV transfer. You are unlikely to have your hands contaminated with virus and contact her genital skin to make the transfer. However, mothers can pass the virus to a baby during a vaginal delivery if she is shedding virus. It can lay dormant up to 2 years before showing up as genital or vocal cord warts. ...Read more

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Hpv can be spread if I drank from the same glass, almost at the same time, with an infected person?

Not typical: While hpv could effect any mucous membrane...That is really typically not how its transmitted. I wouldn't worry about it. If it pains you...Just don't drink from other people's glasses. ...Read more

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I have HPV, can I transmit it to my one year old daughter by bathing with her?

I have HPV, can I transmit it to my one year old daughter by bathing with her?

No risk: The genital HPV types are not transmitted by nonsexual contact. Household contacts never get it despite years of sharing kitchens, bathrooms, clothing, towels, eating and drinking utensils, etc -- and not by bathing together. Your daughter is not at risk in the slightest. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How likely is the contraction of HPV if you have unprotected sex with an infected person?

Unacceptable: Is possible to be lucky if you only had unprotected sex once with an hpv +ve partner. No reliable ststistics available to give %risk or chance. But, even 1% risk would be too high, and risks must be in the 20 -50% range. Please get checked & get prophylactic or necessary treatment asap. ...Read more

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HPV or HSV viruses can be transmitted through towels, washing machines and dryers, toilets, used spoons or cups been used by infected person?

HPV or HSV viruses can be transmitted through towels, washing machines and dryers, toilets, used spoons or cups been used by infected person?

About worries...: As president Franklin Roosevelt once said, in 1933 about 83 years ago, "...let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself..." Diseases are not transmitted via the washer / dryer. No worries. Go ahead and do laundry. Live life safely, but realize that everything we do or don't do will have risks. ...Read more

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What should I do to help HPV leave my body?? What advice is there to make this go away faster?? Regular check-ups & no sex with infected person.

What should I do to help HPV leave my body?? What advice is there to make this go away faster?? Regular check-ups & no sex with infected person.

Likely stays: HPV is from a family of viruses that tend to persist in the body indefinitely. After initial infection, it can go clear any obvious tissue and go into hibernation for decades. That does not mean they always cause cancer, it just means you maintain a lifetime of monitoring so you can remove the initial stage of such change early enough to prevent it's spread. ...Read more

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Even though you have lots of sexual partners and you always use protection is HPV only contracted if there person you have sex with is infected or no?

Even though you have lots of sexual partners and you always use protection is HPV only contracted if there person you have sex with is infected or no?

Question unclear: You must get hpv from contact with another infected person. If you acquired it then your protection has broken down and you should be checked for other stds that may present without symptoms. ...Read more

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An infected person with HPV touches her underneath and then touches my penis what's chance to get HPV. I washed with hot water and soap & dettol.?

A single, brief: Touch as you describe would be unlikely to transmit any viral infection, but just be vigilant and notify your doctor for the development of any suspicious lesions. ...Read more

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Can you get warts (HPV viruss) from trying on clothes, bathing suits, shoes etc. In a store?

Nope: No risk, even if the clothes were tried on by someone with a genital HPV infection. Genital HPV infection is only acquired by sex with an infected person. ...Read more

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If you have had the HPV vaccine and have sex with an infected person can you still get it?

If you have had the HPV vaccine and have sex with an infected person can you still get it?

Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 years for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more

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How is HPV (genital warts) passed on through anal sex. Is it only acquired if the person is infected?

How is HPV (genital warts) passed on through anal sex. Is it only acquired if the person is infected?

Skin to skin: Hpv is a virus that is transmitted by close skin to skin contact. In order to catch it, the person you are in contact with needs to already be infected. If neither person has the virus, there is no way it can be transmitted or passed, even with anal sex. ...Read more

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Hye. Dose hpv genital wart spread through washing underwaer toghather with infected person with just cold water and soup?? Plz explain and why??

Here are some...: For viral particles to gain access to body surface, there should be a compatible surface with cells and environment for the virus to harbor and replicate. So, the circumstance your described should pose almost zero odd to contract the virus. If contracted, personal humoral immune defense will try to fend off such invasion. All in all, for average healthy person, one should be okay to survive... ...Read more

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It is possible that I will develop mouth sores if I had oral sex with an infected person who has HPV or do I have a higher risk through anal sex?

Protect yourself.: If your partner is infected with the human papilloma virus (hpv), you could easily be infected. An hpv infection will produce a papilloma, a wart.
In the oral cavity, sometimes an hpv infection can become cancerous, usually seen at the base of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils or back of the throat.
So protect yourself. ...Read more

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If one is prone to cheek/lip biting, what is the possibility of contracting an std (herpes, hpv) through sharing a cigarette with an infected person?

If one is prone to cheek/lip biting, what is the possibility of contracting an std (herpes, hpv) through sharing a cigarette with an infected person?

Zero risk: Nobody ever catches any STDs by sharing cigarettes or other oral exposures. Even kissing is no risk, except for oral herpes due to HSV1 (which isn't considered an STD) -- and even this is uncommon. Sores in your mouth make no difference at all. They call them "sexually transmitted" for good reason. Choose partners wisely and have safe sex -- that's all you need to do to avoid all STDs! ...Read more

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Can virgins be infected with hpv?

Can virgins be infected with hpv?

Not usually, but...: The hpv virus is very easily transmitted from person to person. Fingers, mouths, sharing sex toys without washing in between are all thought to be ways of transmitting hpv. ...Read more

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If I have the HPV virus, is my partner infected?

Not necessarily: The hpv virus is incredibly common. There are many strains out there too. Your partner may or may not be affected also you should know that men and women are not affected the same. ...Read more

Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more