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HPV Question - August 22nd 2011, 02:58 AM

Hey y'all!!

I have a quick question, can a non-sexual form of HPV (Human papillomavirus) like Planters Wart for instance, be transmitted sexually?

I'll give a scenario which leads to this questions. I gave oral sex to a friend of mine, it was only about an hour later when he was checking out something on his foot, that I asked what it was. He told me it was Planters Wart, I thought it was something you got from gardening, me being ignorant at the time. Well, I went home and did some research, only to find out that it's caused by HPV. I'm not incredibly worried, but would like to know if he transmitted HPV to me, even though his wasn't sexual.

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Re: HPV Question - August 22nd 2011, 12:16 PM

I imagine it would be unlikely as the subtype of HPV that causes plantar warts is different from the subtype of HPV that causes genital warts through sexual transmission.

HPV that causes plantar warts tends to live on the surface of the skin or just below it. It can be quite contagious but it is only likely to be transmitted if your friend rubs his feet with the plantar warts against your feet.

I found this information on the reliable emedicine website 'Warts can affect any area on the skin and mucous membranes. Infection is confined to the epithelium and does not result in systemic dissemination of the virus.'
If you type in 'non genital warts emedicine' into google it will be one of the first links. Once on the site click on the section pathophysiology.

This statement means that the HPV virus that causes plantar warts replicates in the upper area of the skin 'the epithelium' and doesn't spread into the bloodstream or other body fluids 'no systemic dissemination of the virus'.

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