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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
Yep: Possible but not probable. Would have to have almost immediate contact from an infected person. ...Read more
No, you do not: Genital warts are caused by strains of HPV viruses. Thus, two people rubbing their genitals together, while not officially constituting intercourse, will be sharing HPV genital wart viruses. It is not predictable if and when such viruses will actually be transferred from the skin surfaces of one person to another, and not predictable whether or not the receiving person will develop an infection. ...Read more
Yes: Hpv is one of the most common virus infection in humans and is responsible for warts, mild skin changes as well as the aggressive ones associated with abnormal growths on the cervix which can lead to cervical cancer. It is so common, however, it would almost be impossible to avoid exposure to this virus. There are almost 100 subtypes of hpv. Two of those types cause warts. ...Read more
Yes: The virus can be self-inoculated. Think about warts on your hands and feet - they often "spread" - this is all just auto-inoculation. Also, there can be intermediates in transmission. For instance, if you have genital warts and have sex and then oral sex after, the virus can be transmitted to your mouth and vocal cords. Moms with active HPV can also transmit virus to baby during childbirth. ...Read more
I am male. Can you spread HPV if the pubic area (the part with the hair and the wart) is covered with latex but the penis itself is left uncovered?
Probably yes: First, genital warts are uncommon in the pubic area, so maybe it was something else. However, people with HPV often are infected at sites other than visible warts, and if the pubic lesion IS a wart, there's a good chance the penile skin also is infected and could transmit the virus. ...Read more
Can I spread genital warts by preforming oral sex on a woman if I have no warts in my mouth? Should I worry about spreading HPV/warts this way? Also, is kissing risky if I don't have warts or anything in my mouth?
Probably no risk: With genital warts, the HPV infection probably is limited to your genital area, and you can pass it to partners only if they have intimate contact with your genital area. HPV can infect the oral cavity, but not as often as genital. HPV is rarely if ever spread by kissing. Nobody is likely to catch HPV from any kind of contact with your mouth. ...Read more
What should I do if I have the potential to spread HPV as an std, genital warts or even cervical cancer?
Love responsibly: This is 2014 and hopefully you use barrier protection except with your one-and-only-for-a-lifetime. Get immunized so as not to pick up anything else. Whoever you're with should already have done the same. And stop worrying. The only hpv lesions that result in death or mutilation are the ones that people neglect. Pap smears (her) ; checking yourself (him) are all that's required. ...Read more
HPV THROUGH COTACT: If by contact you mean nonsexual contact than the answer is no but it can spread easily through sexual contact if one of the sexual partner has lesions called condylomata or genital warts. It is preventable by immunising boys and girls starting at age 11. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer