Does HPV spread from one part of the body to the eyes?

by Rachel on September 2, 2011

I’m not sure if I have genital warts but I was examining the area in the shower and my eyes were itchy and I just let the water run on my fingers for a bit and I rubbed my eyes immediately with the same hand I used for examining myself. I didn’t scrub my hand clean or even wash them vigorously. I think I have signs of warts and I’m afraid that I have spread it to my eyes. I quickly washed my eyes with water immediately bt I’m afraid it’s already been infected.
Also I just realised that I have a few papercuts on my hands and I had to wear contact lenses before goin out and I washed my hands (I somehow don’t have the habit of scrubbing them tii often) and all bt I’m afraid that the virus in now in the cuts and may hav been transferred to my eyes through my lenses or something.
Maybe I’m paranoid, but what are the chances of it being spread to the eye after examination and after wearing lenses?

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Ann S September 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm

There are hundreds of strands of HPV – all warts are caused by HPV, on any part of your body. But, each strand is site specific. So, genital HPV can only be spread to other genitals, not to the eye. There’s a completely different type of skin around your eye, so genital HPV just couldn’t survive there.

(Exception to this rule: sometimes, under some conditions, some HPV on the genitals can cause warts underneath the fingernails, although this is rare).

Tara662 September 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Yes, it can spread anywhere if you touch an infected part and touch somewhere on your body.

Wash the hands, then sterilize them with rubbing alcohol marked “antimicrobial”.

Genital warts can spread.

ki toy September 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

NO. If you already have HPV in your body and you have only strains of that HPV then it doesnt spread by touching your own body. HPV in your body results in plantar warts or other dermis warts based on the strain, not touching. It does not work like that. I have 13 strains of HPV plantar wart, high risk ones etc…If I touch myself down there and then rub my eye, I cant give myself something I already have. Its up to the virus to tell itself where it wants to plant the wart. If you DONT have genital warts or the skin warts or plantar warts then you WILL not have it. HPV is a virus that transmits itself through the skin or fluid contact then HPV determines where it goes, not you or where you touch!

sab20052005 September 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

I have HPV and you can not get the genital strand on your eye don’t worry!!!
all warts are caused by HPV but they are specific to different parts of the body
similar to herpes (which has different strands simplex c and b) you can not get genital herpes from a cold sore
go to the doctor and get diagnosed

RichUnclePennybags September 3, 2011 at 12:45 am

lol dont worry about it.
you should have done this research before you became sexually active.

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