Human Papilloma Virus and kissing?

by Rachel on January 16, 2011

If someone gives oral sex to a person with HPV, how easily can it be contracted? How easily can it be spread after that? Would the person technically have HPV in their mouth, and would it spread to others through kissing?

I’m too scared to even kiss anyone anymore and I would like to know if I should continue to isolate myself to prevent spreading HPV, or if I will not pass it to someone else by kissing them. Thank you!

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peanut January 16, 2011 at 2:33 am

It is passed by having sex.

mischiefsw January 16, 2011 at 2:40 am

Well, you can get HPV from oral sex and it can in rare cases form in your throat. If this happens, you need to have the wart removed by an oral surgeon. In terms of contracting the HPV from kissing, I am not really sure but it would seem plausible. The HPV virus is rampant in humans–some stats say 3 out of 5 people have 1 or more strains. You appear to be worried about HPV from all the media coverage it is getting regarding the vaccination. Facts are it has been around a long time and the majority of people have come in contact with it. It is not uncommon. The only downfall of HPV is that some strains can develop into ovarian cancer for women later in life. The other downfall is that the warts can develop externally on the genitals.

IDU January 16, 2011 at 2:49 am

Yes it can be spread, albeit rarely, through oral sex. Can you spread it by kissing? Not 100% sure, but if it is possible, it is very rare. See more here: http://www.examiner.com/x-7707-Tampa-Disease-Prevention-Examiner~y2009m5d17-20-million-cases-of-HPV-in-the-US-at-any-given-time

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