If a young child has a finger wart, does that mean they have HPV?

by Rachel on August 10, 2011

Are all strains transmitted through skin to skin contact, no matter which area of the body? Does the same strain that causes genital warts cause finger warts and facial warts? It it REALLY transmitted by a handshake?

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Sam August 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

if a child or adult has a wart it doesn’t mean that he/she has hpv but you should take them to a doctor just for precautions

jd August 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

No not at all. The two virus’s that cause warts on your fingers and your genitals are two different strains of the HPV virus so there is no relative concern at all. Most warts on the body other can be resolved through one’s own immune system. These two strains do not transmit across the lines from fingers to genitals. You can though give someone warts from your hand to their own but the conditions such as moisture and susceptibility must be near perfect for this to happen. Genital warts transmit much easier as the moisture is just right and our genitals are highly susceptible.

Marco's girl August 11, 2011 at 12:27 am

No, absolutely not. body warts and genital warts are two completely separate types of virus. They do not cross each other at all. It is very, very difficult to catch a wart from something like hand shaking or casual skin-to-skin contact. Genital warts are much easier to contract, unfortunately, and can play a major role in cervical Cancer later in life. So to clarify, a child with a wart on their finger or knee or hand DOES NOT have HPV.

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