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Is HPV Contagious Without Warts? How Contagious is It?

Many people are unsure about whether it is possible to transmit HPV if there are no genital warts. So, we have analyzed health specialists’ views on this subject.

The Human Papillomavirus is one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections today. However, what is peculiar is that many people with the virus do not develop symptoms, not even genital warts.

Given this fact, the belief that HPV transmission only occurs when in contact with genital warts has become popular. Let’s see what science says.

Can you get HPV if there are no warts?

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The answer to this is simple: yes, there is a risk of transmission even in these cases. Some people still have the active virus in their body and can transmit it to healthy individuals.

So, it is not necessary to have genital warts to pose a risk of transmitting to others. A person carrying the virus can transmit it to a sexual partner through contact with genital mucosa or affected skin.

Why do some people have HPV warts and others do not?

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Often, people report doubts about whether it is possible to transmit HPV if there are no warts. And as we’ve reviewed, there is indeed a risk of transmission.

However, it is curious how some people experience the appearance of genital warts due to the Human Papillomavirus, and others never see these lesions on their skin.

This has to do with two reasons. First, there are hundreds of types of HPV viruses, some increase the risk of cancer and also the risk of warts (while other HPVs do not cause significant health damage). The second reason is related to the body’s immune defense.

Those with a better immune response often react well to the virus, and their body prepares to overcome it by itself. But in cases where immune defenses are compromised, the appearance and persistence of warts increase.

For that reason, it’s important to strengthen your immune system if you want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What do HPV warts look like?

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The appearance of genital warts from this virus can be very varied. In some cases, they appear as small bumps towards the genital area.

In men, HPV warts can appear around the penis and surrounding area to the perineum and anus. And the shape of these skin lesions can vary considerably.

Sometimes the appearance of the warts is flat, other times they are cauliflower-shaped. And the size, as well as the extent of these lesions, also varies in each case, for some it is very mild, and in other cases, it is more widespread.

Finally, contact with warts, whether on the genitals or other parts of the body such as the neck or hands, can increase the risk of transmission.

But the absence of these lesions in a person carrying the virus, does not exempt them from potentially transmitting to others. The use of contraceptive methods such as condoms and vaccination against HPV are key to prevention.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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