Can the baby get the HPV (human papilloma virus) through the birth?

by Rachel on October 19, 2010

It’s a virus, it’s in the blood. So I’d say the chance is pretty big

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coolbeanie27 October 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

What about pregnancy and genital warts?
Most pregnant women who have had genital warts previously but no longer do would be unlikely to have any complications or problems during pregnancy or birth.
Most children are born healthy to women with a history of genital warts.
Because of hormone changes in the body during pregnancy, warts can grow in size and number, bleed, or, in extremely rare cases, make delivery harder.
Very rarely, babies exposed to the wart-types of HPV during birth may develop growths in the throat.
This so seldom happens, however, that women with genital warts do not typically need to have a cesarean-section delivery unless warts are blocking the birth canal. It is important that a pregnant woman notify her doctor or clinic if she or her partner(s) has had genital warts. This way they can determine if they need to treat the warts, or not, during the pregnancy.

amandalynnesmith19 October 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm

No. Not likely. HPV isnt a virus of the blood. It is a bacteria like warts, and grows in the genital area. It is normally only visibly traceble in females, by examination of the uterus or vaginal culture. Most pregnant women develope this from the change in hormones and secretion. It is also sexually transmitted. It doesnt however, affect the infant.

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