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Can you get HPV from a contaminated surgical instrument?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Very Unlikely

We don't know the exact answer to your question, but i would say you are not at risk of getting hpv from an instrument used in surgery.
The only exception i can think of is a vaginal retractor that was in contact with active hpv infection (warts) and then that retractor immediately coming in contact with you--contact with your hands probably would not put you at risk of getting hpv.

In brief: Very Unlikely

We don't know the exact answer to your question, but i would say you are not at risk of getting hpv from an instrument used in surgery.
The only exception i can think of is a vaginal retractor that was in contact with active hpv infection (warts) and then that retractor immediately coming in contact with you--contact with your hands probably would not put you at risk of getting hpv.
Dr. David Finke
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Dr. Paul Nowicki
Gynecology - Oncology

In brief: Never heard of it

Surgical instruments are sterilized between each use.
Unless bloody surgical instruments are used on one patient and then another, which is unheard of in the usa, you can not get hpv. In the above case, diseases such as hepatitis and HIV would be much more to worry about then hpv.

In brief: Never heard of it

Surgical instruments are sterilized between each use.
Unless bloody surgical instruments are used on one patient and then another, which is unheard of in the usa, you can not get hpv. In the above case, diseases such as hepatitis and HIV would be much more to worry about then hpv.
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