7 Shocking Ways HPV Can Be Transmitted

7 Shocking Ways HPV Can Be Transmitted

Apr 12
7 Shocking Ways HPV Can Be Transmitted

We all know that unprotected sex with an HPV-infected person can put you at risk of HPV. Here are a few other ways you didn’t know HPV can be transmitted. Scroll through till last.

How is HPV Transmitted? How do You Get HPV Virus?

1. Sexual Intercourse, especially Oral Sex

Having sex with an infected person is a common way of contracting HPV. The virus is highly contagious. It can be easily spread from sexual or skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus.

You can get HPV when your genitals or mouth and throat touch a partner’s genitals or mouth and throat. This occurs when you have oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has HPV.

A study shows that people who have ever had sex will contract HPV at some point. The more sex partners, the greater risks of catching HPV. Even if you have sex with only one person, you can also get HPV. HPV can be transmitted when you have no signs and symptoms.

To prevent HPV transmission, use condoms every time you have sex. Say no to oral sex. A lot of studies found that oral sex can spread HPV and have been linked to cancers. HPV types 16, for example, can be responsible for throat / oropharyngeal cancer. Other types have also been shown to be related to anal cancer, penile cancer or cervical cancer. These are HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56 and 58.

Sexual intercourse and HPV transmission

2. Non-penetrative Sex or Sex without Intercourse

Non-penetrative sex includes kissing, mutual masturbation, frottage and dry-humping. If you assumed that they are safe, you should think again.

HPV can be transmitted through body fluids like saliva or semen of the infected person. For instance, you can get HPV if you:

  • touch someone else’s genital wart and then touch your genitals, mouth or throat
  • come in contact with HPV-infected vaginal discharge

Your genitals do not have to go inside someone else’s genitals or mouth to have HPV. You can still become infected without having sex. So avoid all kinds of genital skin-to-skin contact, including:

  • Finger-genital
  • Genital-genital
  • Finger-anal

HPV can be transmitted through non penetrative sex

3. Sex-toy Sharing

Searching on the Internet, you will find that HPV cannot survive well outside the body. But the fact is that HPV can last 24 hours to 7 days without the human host. HPV lives well in areas with high moisture. On an inanimate object at room temperature, it’s still alive. So if you use a sex toy of an HPV-infected person, you can be likely to get the virus, too.

Sharing sex toys can put you at risk of getting HPV

4. Fomite Transmission  

To this case, you can get HPV from viruses left on objects. A common example of this is how HPV can be transmitted by people handling banknotes at the workplace. If touch an object that someone with warts has touched, you will be at risk of catching HPV. Thus, doctors advise limiting activities in public places, such as:

  • public gym
  • spa or beauty salon
  • swimming pool
  • public shower

Do not walk barefoot or touch doorknobs or escalator handrail in public places. 

You can get HPV from the gym

5. Cross-contamination from Reusable Devices

Hospitals and your doctor’s offices are not as safe as you think.

A new study finds that you can pick up HPV from an exam table at your doctor’s office. As mentioned above, the virus can survive in a dry room for a few days. And no doctors can make sure that their offices and devices are 100% clean and HPV-free. A survey in a hospital of Canada shows that HPV was found in 50% of reusable medical instruments. Though, they had been disinfected and sterilized.

You can get HPV from your doctor's office

6. Vertical Transmission from HPV Infected Mother to the Neonate

HPV is not hereditary, so it cannot run in families. But the virus can be passed from mother to child during birth.

A survey was conducted on 167 pregnant women. Results show 11% of the newborn babies were tested positive for the HPV. Some may develop warts in the mouth or throat. Risks of developing genital HPV is higher than oral HPV.

HPV in infants is uncommon and not dangerous. In most cases, their bodies clear the virus on their own.

A mother with HPV can transmit the virus to her baby

7. Self-transmission from One Part of the Body to Another  

You can spread HPV to yourself. Researchers say that:

  • HPV can be transmitted from the vagina to the anus. This occurs when you wipe front-to-back with HPV infected vaginal discharge.
  • If you pick, rub, or scratch a plantar wart on your foot, you can get HPV on your finger. If you touch the other foot, you can get a wart on that foot as well.

Different types of warts are caused by different types of low-risk HPV. They’re all contagious. But common warts on hand are not likely to cause warts on the genitals.

You can spread HPV to yourself

How Can You Prevent HPV Transmission?  

Now you may know that sexual intercourse is not the only way HPV can be transmitted. You can get the virus from a variety of non-sexual ways, such as kissing and more.

To reduce your risk of catching HPV, you need to:

Treat HPV warts as soon as possible. VidaroX is one of the best HPV treatments for removing genital warts. Apply this cream 2 to 3 times every day and you can get rid of warts quite soon. You can also ask a doctor for a wart removal surgery. It can include excision, cryotherapy, electro-surgery, or laser surgery.

Get the HPV vaccine. Gardasil and Cervarix are two most common HPV vaccines. They can help protect against 4 types of HPV that causes genital warts and cervical cancer. If you’ve caught a HPV virus, the vaccine can prevent other types that you’ve never been exposed to.

Practice safer sex. Use condom during sex. Say no to oral sex. Never share sex toys.

Limit contact with infected people and contagious objects. Avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Do not share personal items with others.

Boost the body’s immune system. Add Folic acid, vitamin E and B12. Eat a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables. Exercise regularly.


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