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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:02 pm 

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I keep seeing phrases like, "30 of the 100 types are spread through sexual contact" and "MOST are spread through sexual contact." What about the rest?

With what OTHER methods can you contract HPV? I've seen info on the CDC that says that HPV has been found living on inanimate objects - so if you have an open sore can you get it that way? Or is it like AIDS that can transfer in a blood transfusion?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:13 am 
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Hi April,

Welcome! Thanks for your post.

You can review basic HPV transmission information on our site at http://www.ashastd.org/learn/learn_hpv_facts.cfm. Genital HPV is transmitted through skin to skin contact. This includes any genital to genital contact, as well as vaginal and anal sex (even without penetration).

There are well over 100 types of HPV, the vast majority of which are not associated with anogenital skin or sexual transmission. This would include, for example, the HPV types that might cause common warts found on the hands and feet.

So, genital HPV is regarded as a sexually transmitted infection. Having said that, there do seem to be unexplained cases of nonsexual transmission, although this is not regarded as common and experts aren't too sure just how it might occur. The focus of genital HPV transmission should remain directly on the genital/anal contact described above, but it's just difficult to rule anything out.

Hope this helps.

All the best,
Fredo

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