Do having warts mean you have HPV for sure?

by Rachel on August 26, 2011

Also, I know warts go away after a while but does that mean they wont return in like five years or something. I was just wondering because I shook hands with an kid who had warts on his hand, I’m really worried.

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vampo August 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

no it dont …… if he had warts on his hand its not genital warts or HPV ..you have nothing to worry about

leonaidas55 August 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

Genital warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. These type of warts have to be cauterized and you have to monitor your genitals for recurrence. In your case, relax, you are NOT going to get warts(especially genital warts) just by shaking a kid who has warts on his hands(by the way, warts on the hands are not caused by HPV).

Xof15 August 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

HPV shows up in women. Not men. That’s what causes cervical cancer. Men don’t have symptoms. They’re just carriers. They can’t even be tested for it. ~ If you get a wart it’s viral but, if you kill the primary one, all of them disappear.

Rhian H August 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

im sure only girls get hpv and anyway warts on your hands mean you worry to much

LeeD August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm

All warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) so if you have warts, you have the virus. I’m not talking about just genital warts – warts on your hands, face feet etc… these are all caused by the virus.

HPV is simply a virus that gets into your skin and causes the cells to multiply too fast. This is what causes the wart – too many cells in the same area. A wart is actually a benign tumor.

Yes, warts do go away on their own sometimes and they can also come back. It can also take months or maybe years for a wart to show up once you have the virus since it can lay dormant for quite some time.

In order to get rid of the warts for good, you need to treat all the layers of skin that might contain the virus. That’s why a lot of over the counter meds don’t work – people don’t use them properly and while it seems like the wart goes away for a while it will soon return since they did not treat all the layers where the virus resides.

You can “catch” warts through contact, but the virus needs an entry into your skin – a cut or crack in the skin.

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