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HPV Risk

By January 29, 2015 - 1:50pm
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Unfortunately after I asked my last question about HPV transmission via saliva/oral sex, it was brought to my attention that this partner had touched his penis "to adjust" or something and later inserted that finger in my vagina (I seriously didn't even know...). So, after reading conflicting information on the Internet about how HPV is spread, I need to know; Is it possible for me to have contracted HPV from being fingered shortly after he touched his penis? There was no direct genital-to-genital contact.

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I really think that you will be ok. Try and not worry about it unless a symptom comes up down the road. 



January 30, 2015 - 2:41pm

Dear Blue123,

It is very unlikely that you could get it this way and you probably don't need to be worried.

However, I should mention that there was a study suggesting that it is possible to transmit HPV from the fingers to the genitals. In 2010, scientists from the University of Washington found that HPV could be found on the fingertips of a reasonable fraction of women -- and that the HPV found there was frequently the same type that they were infected with genitally.

I am sure that you are okay, but you can check with your doctor just to be sure.

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January 29, 2015 - 3:01pm
(reply to kristincaliendo)

Yes it did, Kristin. You have eased my mind.

January 29, 2015 - 3:46pm

This man had a sexual encounter (vaginal sex) with a woman who is open and honest about having had genital warts about 9 years ago. His encounter with her happened 3 years ago, just giving some info to help better answer the question. I really didn't think our sexual encounter would pose a risk, but from what I've read online it is likely. I am terrified. He had no visible warts from what I could see, but apparently when it comes to HPV that doesn't seem to matter anyway.

January 29, 2015 - 1:54pm
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