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Doctor insights on: Can You Get Hpv From A Toilet Seat

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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How long does HPV virus really live on a toilet seat?

Toilet seat: There has never been documentation of any infection passing to an individual from a toilet seat. ...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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Can you get HPV virus (the virus itself or virus caused warts) from using a public toilet room?

No risk: Genital HPV is not transmitted through a contaminated environment, only by sex with an infected partner. ...Read more

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How long specifically in min/hr does HPV survive outside body, on clothing, underwear, soap, in shower, on toilet seat etc?

How long specifically in min/hr does HPV survive outside body, on clothing, underwear, soap, in shower, on toilet seat etc?

May be forever...: HPV virus is not a viable agent, but a specially structured DNA particle, called HPV virion and may exist everywhere in its inactive phase. To become infecting, this praticle has to gain access to the nucleus of a living cell so to replicate to become wart in time. Remember: We are exposed to all germs everywhere, but not become sick by the blessing of 2 natural barriers - skin & immunity... ...Read more

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How long min/hr can HPV be transmittable on clothing, soap, toilet seat, etc? I know virus exists forever outside body but when can virus not transmit

How long min/hr can HPV be transmittable on clothing, soap, toilet seat, etc? I know virus exists forever outside body but when can virus not transmit

No transmission risk: HPV has never been known to have been transmitted by clothing, toilet seats, or the other things you mention. Soap would kill it instantly. And I'm not at all sure the virus "exists forever outside the body". Where did you hear that? If you don't have sex, you cannot catch or transmit the genital HPV types. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can you get HPV from sharing a towel with someone who has genital warts or sitting on a toilet?

Towel is likely: But relax. Various strains of HPV are everywhere. Everybody has a few of them. You almost certainly do too. Sharing towels is gross but it's not going to cost you your life or your health. ...Read more

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Can men get hpv?

Can men get hpv?

Most are benign: Over 120 different types of hpv. Different types infect different parts of body. Most are harmless, easily treatable and not precancerous. Some produce warts that are easily seen and others growths that are nearly invisible. Types 16 and 18 account for vast majority of cervical cancers. Type 16 has been linked to oral cancer. Contact spreads the virus.Sexual contact spreads types 16, 18 and others. ...Read more

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How do women first get hpv?

How do women first get hpv?

Mostly from sexual: Hpv is mostly transmitted via sexual transmitted disease. Although women can get it from non-sexual transmission but the incidence is very low. ...Read more

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What is HPV and how do you get it?

Human papiloma virus: The hpv are a group of more than 100 viruses, some of which cause problems in humans. Two strains are known to cause genital warts and 2 strains are associated with cervical, anal& penile cancer. It is spread through skin to skin contact with surfaces shedding the virus. It can be acquired & lay dormant for years before surfacing to cause problems & spread to others. ...Read more

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Could you get HPV from making out?

Could you get HPV from making out?

Define "making out": Hpv is passed from an infected person who is shedding the virus to another by skin to skin contact. (usually genital to genital) if your "making out" included some skin to skin contact it would be possible. The more involved the contact the more the risk. ...Read more

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Do you get the hpv shot every year.

No: It is a series of 3 doses given within 6 months. That completes the series. At some point in years to come there may be a need for a booster, but for now, that is not the case. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I get the HPV shot?

You choose: The present HPV vaccine helps protect people from 9 strains of the HPV, but only if they have never been infected by them. It is given as a series of injections to yield long term benefit. It was approved to target the 9-16yo age group. At a listed age of 53, you are not in the target group. It would not hurt you, but may have minimal value. You would likely have to pay the hefty cost (>$200/dose) ...Read more

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Am I likely to get HPV from colonoscoy?

Am I likely to get HPV from colonoscoy?

No risk, no worry: HPV is not known to be transmitted by colonoscopes or any other kind of contaminated medical instrument. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How do you get HPV from a man to a man?

Skin to skin contact: The hpv is passed from the infected skin surface of one person to another. Affecting whatever surfaces are involved. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get HPV from a cup?

Not vry likely: Even though theriically it is possible but even if one has oral hpv infection it is vey vey unlkekly to get hpv that way. ...Read more

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Hpv how do you get it and how is it treated?

Sex, observation: Hpv is sexually transmitted. It can causes changes on your cervix which if are low risk may resolve when your body produces antibodies to it. However if high risk if not treated with biopsies it can progress to cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Can you get HPV from bed sheets or bed matress?

Can you get HPV from bed sheets or bed matress?

Potentially yes: Transmission of hpv by fomites (inanimate objects) such as clothing and bedclothes has been reported, although the major route of spread is through direct sexual contact or, more rarely, skin-to-skin contact during sexual acts. ...Read more

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What are the chances I'll get hpv? Is it common?

It is common but: If one is sexually active and has multiple partners than the risk of HPV infection is very high
If a college woman has at least one different partner per year for four years, her likelihood of contacting HPV infection is 85%
It can be prevented by sexual abstinence, use of condom, monogonous relationship and by HPV Vaccine ...Read more

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Can I get the HPV from something else beside sex?

Hpv: Yes even though rare by shaking hands with people who have genital warts as HPV was recovered from under the finger nails of such patients. ...Read more

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Could I get HPV if my boyfriend and I are virgins?

Could I get HPV if my boyfriend and I are virgins?

Unlikely: If you are both certified virgins, the probability of you contracting hpv from him is very low. There are a percentage of people however who are "born" with hpv, after contracting it from their infected mothers. Please keep this in mind. My suggestion would be to get vaccinated against hpv before you have sex reducing your risk even further! ...Read more

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I'm 25, is it still worthwhile to get the HPV shot?

I'm 25, is it still worthwhile to get the HPV shot?

Absolutely!: The hpv vaccine protects against a virus that is responsible not only for genital warts, but for almost all of cervical, penile, and anal cancers, as well as 70% of mouth and throat cancers. It's better to get the vaccine now rather than never! ...Read more

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Do I have to get the second round of the HPV shots?

Do I have to get the second round of the HPV shots?

See below: Hpv injections usually is a series of injections, not just one injection. ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait to get tested for hpv?

Probably no need: I can't tell your sex. If female, then HPV testing is now done routinely with pap smears. Other than that, HPV testing is rarely needed or recommended. Even if you have been exposed, e.g. a partner with genital warts or abnormal pap, no testing is recommended; just see a doc if anything abnormal appears. Everybody has genital HPV at one time or another, and almost all infections clear up anyway. ...Read more