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Can you Get HPV and Genital Warts from Shaving or Sharing Razors?

Sharing a razor is generally not a good idea, and we’ll discuss some of the reasons why later on. But, when it comes to human papillomavirus specifically, is it possible to spread HPV through shared razor use?

Can HPV and genital warts spread through razors?

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The answer is yes, it is possible to transmit HPV and genital warts by using the same razor. Due to its usage, a razor comes into contact with many parts of the body, including the genitals, where HPV warts generally appear.

If a small cut in the skin occurs during shaving, the razor can become contaminated with HPV. In fact, a cut might not even be necessary; simply passing over active warts may be enough for contamination.

If another person uses the same razor and cuts themselves, this could be a direct entry point for the virus into the body through the bloodstream.

So, as we mentioned, it is possible. But, why is it unlikely? This is because the human papillomavirus is very unstable outside of body surfaces.

That is to say, although it can contaminate objects, it can only remain viable for a very short period. Sooner than you think, the environment becomes unsustainable for the virus and, therefore, it ceases to be viable for transmission.

This allows us to conclude that the only way a razor can spread HPV is if both people (the carrier of the virus and a healthy person) use it almost simultaneously. Otherwise, as we mentioned, as time passes, the virus will be neutralized because it cannot survive in an extracorporeal environment.

However, as we mentioned at the beginning, sharing a razor is not a good idea under any circumstances. So, although the chances of it being a means of spreading HPV are low, the chances of spreading other types of diseases are higher.

Can HPV be transmitted by sharing other personal hygiene products?

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The case of the razor is very particular because it poses the possibility of cutting the skin, which leaves a huge entry point for any microorganism, including HPV.

But, what about other hygiene products such as soap, body creams, shaving foam, bath towels, etc.?

In these cases, the probability is even lower, as these are products that come into contact with the skin, but it’s impossible for them to lacerate or cut it.

Even so, although the probabilities are low, sharing these products also poses a risk of HPV transmission according to some studies.

The most advisable thing is for each person to have personal hygiene products for exclusive use because, generally, there are other pathogens that can be transmitted in this way, like fungi and some bacteria, etc.

Recommendation: Do not share personal hygiene utensils if you have HPV. This is actually a general recommendation, regardless of whether or not you have HPV.

But, if you do have it, it is even more important to avoid sharing personal hygiene tools with other people. And it is even more important not to share razors, as of all the personal hygiene tools, this is probably the one that carries the highest risk of transmission.

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

What are genital warts and what symptoms do they cause?

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Genital warts are a common STI mostly caused by specific strains of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

These small bumps, usually flesh-colored, show up after sexual contact with an infected person and can appear on or around the genital or anal areas.

Sometimes they can even pop up near the mouth or throat. They might cluster together and range in size and visibility.

At first, someone with genital warts may not notice any symptoms ‒ meaning no obvious signs of a problem. However, as the warts grow, they can become bothersome, itchy or sometimes even bleed in rare cases.

In women, these warts may be found internally/externally around their vagina or anus as well as on the cervix. For men, typically on their penis and scrotum area or around the anus.

Bear in mind that early detection and treatment remain really crucial here since certain forms of HPV can lead to cancers.

This clearly highlights ongoing check-ups/confidential screenings along with opting for that vaccine against HPV!

How do you get genital warts?

Genital warts are mainly spread through sexual contact, such as vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The virus responsible for these warts is called HPV and it’s highly contagious.

Even if there are no visible warts on an infected person, the virus can still be easily passed on to others.

It’s worth noting that using condoms or dental dams during sex cannot completely prevent the transmission of HPV since they don’t cover all areas of possible skin-to-skin contact.

Additionally, it’s important to note that in some cases a mother with genital warts can pass them to her newborn during childbirth.

What is the risk of catching HPV?

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The likelihood of getting HPV is surprisingly high, especially because the virus is so common.

Research suggests that a majority of sexually active people will acquire at least one type of HPV in their lifetime.

While most strains are innocuous and can go away naturally, there are some more troublesome types causing genital warts or potentially leading to cancer.

HPV spreads through any kind of sexual contact, making those with multiple partners at greater risk.

However, even having just one partner who carries the virus can result in infection if unprotected sex occurs.

Those with weakened immune systems (like individuals living with HIV/AIDS or those who have had transplant surgery) face an increased vulnerability to long-lasting HPV infections.

In addition, people with a history of other sexually transmitted infections have a higher risk too.

Age also comes into play as young adults tend to be most affected by HPV. This could reflect higher rates of sexual activity and engagement with new partners at this stage of life.

What makes genital warts worse?

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There are several factors that can make genital warts worse or make them take longer to go away. 

  • Smoking, a pretty common habit for many people, can weaken your immune system and make it harder for your body to clear the HPV infection. This means you might end up with more persistent and severe cases of genital warts. 
  • Alcohol consumption also negatively affects your immune response, which can leave you more vulnerable to getting an extended or serious HPV infection.
  • Stress is another factor that messes with your immune system’s ability to fight HPV. If you’re under a lot of constant stress, healing from genital warts may be delayed and can even result in larger numbers or increased recurrence of such pesky things.

Furthermore, having other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) together with HPV can actually worsen the severity of the situation… 

Co-infections with STIs like herpes, chlamydia, or HIV may compromise how well your antibodies work against HPV too. So basically vigilance is key!

HPV, genital warts and cancer

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HPV comes in many different types, more than 40 actually. It’s quite common in our society.

Some types of HPV cause genital warts, which are usually harmless, while others have a higher risk of causing cancers in the genitals or throat.

Experts classify different strains of HPV into two groups: high-risk and low-risk genotypes.

The high-risk ones are more likely to lead to cancer, whereas the low-risk ones primarily cause genital warts.

In fact, around 95% of genital warts come from just two types of HPV called 6 and 11. These specific types are considered low-risk because they rarely lead to cancer.

Persistent infection with certain types of high-risk HPV can cause changes in cells that may progress to cancer.

The main culprits behind most cervical cancers are HPV types 16 and 18, although there are several other high-risk types as well. HPV type 16 is also linked to cancers affecting the vulva, vagina, penis and the skin around the anus.

If a woman has an infection with high-risk HPV, she may need to undergo more frequent checks for cervical cancer.

On the other hand, those who have genital warts usually do not require additional screening unless they’ve been infected with a high-risk type of HPV too.

Regular screenings play a key role in managing the implications of HPV infections.

Treatment and medicines for genital warts

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Many times, if you have genital warts caused by HPV, they might go away on their own without treatment.

But here’s the thing: while visible warts may disappear, the actual HPV infection cannot be completely cured.

Sometimes people choose to treat genital warts because they can cause discomfort and itchiness.

Treatments include applying creams or gels directly to the affected area, freezing them with a special spray, or even getting minor surgeries done.

These treatments focus on relieving symptoms and reducing the chances of spreading the virus (as well as making things look better down there).

Imiquimod is a cream that’s often prescribed and works by boosting your immune system to fight the virus.

You simply apply it directly on the warts, but you should be cautious to avoid harming your normal skin as it can cause redness and local reactions.

There’s also another topical treatment called Podophyllotoxin. It targets wart cells directly, killing them off.

Like imiquimod, it’s important to use this medication carefully so you don’t harm healthy skin tissue. But similar to imiquimod, it might cause localized irritations too.

If your wart treatment creams and solutions didn’t work, there’s another option called cryotherapy.

It uses super cold liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts. Although it can be a bit painful, it often gets the job done.

For really tough or big warts though, surgical options might come into play. Laser wave therapy and electrosurgery are common procedures that should only be done by specialists 

Keep in mind that HPV-related warts tend to come back even if you remove them. That pesky infection secretly lurks behind causing new ones to form again!

Don’t fret though because regular follow-up visits with doctors will help manage this stubborn condition effectively.

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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