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Can a pregnant woman who has the HPV virus on her cervix spread it to her unborn child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
12 doctors agree

In brief: Not those strains

We have some experience with the genital wart strains passing to an infant, most often if the mom has active warts at delivery.
They may pass silently and show up over the next 2 yrs, We do not see passage of those HPV strains associated with cervical lesions.

In brief: Not those strains

We have some experience with the genital wart strains passing to an infant, most often if the mom has active warts at delivery.
They may pass silently and show up over the next 2 yrs, We do not see passage of those HPV strains associated with cervical lesions.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Rare conditions like laryngeal papillomatosis, presumably related to hpv, have been reported.

In brief: Not really

Rare conditions like laryngeal papillomatosis, presumably related to hpv, have been reported.
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
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Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Possibly

Since many of 200 or more strains of HPV can trigger a lesion or cause a pregnant woman to be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, it is theoretically possible for "a pregnant woman who has the HPV virus on her cervix to spread it during vaginal delivery".
Studies are needed to determine the frequency of transplacental-hematogenous or transmembrane transmission of each HPV subtype to unborn babies

In brief: Possibly

Since many of 200 or more strains of HPV can trigger a lesion or cause a pregnant woman to be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, it is theoretically possible for "a pregnant woman who has the HPV virus on her cervix to spread it during vaginal delivery".
Studies are needed to determine the frequency of transplacental-hematogenous or transmembrane transmission of each HPV subtype to unborn babies
Dr. Roger Duvivier
Dr. Roger Duvivier
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