hpv is spread through skin to skin contact. can you have hpv on your hands and in your mouth?

by Rachel on April 7, 2011

i know warts can be spread down there obviously, but can hpv be in the skin of any other part of your body other than the genital area?

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Mantener la cabeza bien alta April 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

Yes it can. Warts can appear ANYWHERE on your body. Same thing applies to Herpes.

Robyn H April 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

yes, yes it can. “They” have recently discovered instances where oral transfered HPV to people’s mouths and caused mouth/throat cancer. mostly it is found to infect mucus membraned areas like anus, vagina, mouth, and penis (inside as well as out). not certain about hands, although reasonably vagina/ass to hand to mouth transfer sounds reasonably logical of possibly happening.

I don’t think however just shaking hands with a person is a intimate enough act to transfer HPV though if that is what you are asking.

Jessica April 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Yes. You can get them on the hands, fingers, mouths…

NIC&HeR3 April 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

HPV, short for Human Papillomavirus, is a group of over 100 different kinds of viruses, some of which cause warts on the hands and feet and others which cause genital warts and cervical cancer.

Alyssa April 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

No, HPV causes all kinds of warts but they usually stay in specific places. There are all different kinds of strains of HPV. Only immune compromised individuals get HPV in their mouths. For example, someone with AIDS. Warts that are found on your feet and hands do not affect your genitals.

Medic Loretta April 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

there is more than ~130 different strains of HPV virus! more then 40 of them causes genital warts (only genital warts) and others can cause finger, hand, foot etc warts! those are different types! for example hand warts are cause by starin N# 2.

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