If you have a wart on your hand and masturbate, can you get genital warts?

by Rachel on August 5, 2011

I know the question sounds dumb, but I read that common warts and genital warts are both caused by the HPV virus. Does the particular strain that causes common warts only cause warts on the hands or feet, or can it cross over to the genitals?

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Guru August 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

No, they are not the same strains of virus

Al LeGator August 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm

It’s actually a common question and the answer is “no”, while from the same large family of HPV viruses, the strains are different. More info at the link

Lily L August 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

The answer is actually YES. It is *possible.* It is unlikely, however.

HPV strains have their favorite places to live. Some like that hands and feet. Some like the face. Some like the gentials. BUT it’s entirel possible to get a hand wart on you foot, a face wart on your elbow, or a hand wart on your genitals. Likely? No, but it CAN happen.

It’s best to get warts removed to avoid spreading then around. Good luck!

roadster9879 August 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

yes you can … Human papiloma Virus is passed by direct skin to skin contact. google it. you will be shocked.

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