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 Post subject: HPV - Heavy Kissing
PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:06 am 

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Can HPV be contracted orally via heavy kissing (i.e., french kissing)? What is the likelihood of this?

If it is contracted via heavy kissing, is just the mouth/throat infected? Or does the virus find its way to the genitals, too?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:24 am 
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Kissing hasn't been documented as a means of HPV transmission. It's hard to see how this would pose a great risk, but of course a good common-sense precaution would be to avoid contact with a skin area that has active lesions (like warts) present.

HPV is a site-specific infection, and won't migrate through the body from one area to another.

Hope this helps.

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Fredo

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