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Can Poor Hygiene Cause HPV and Warts?

Genital warts are transmitted through sexual activity, whether vaginal, anal, or oral. And in rare cases, HPV can also be transmitted by sharing personal items.

While it is advisable to have very careful intimate hygiene, genital warts and HPV are not transmitted due to poor hygiene. Although it is important to shower before and after sex, this does not prevent the virus from entering your body.

Let’s look at the ways in which HPV and warts can be transmitted, in addition to sexual activity.

Can HPV be transmitted in a way other than sexual intercourse?

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HPV can be transmitted by sharing towels or bath cloths with an infected person. However, using the toilet, sink, or sharing soap is not a reason for contagion.

Infection requires skin-to-skin transmission, meaning there must be contact between individuals. Similarly, the virus is not transmitted in pools or by using the same utensils during meals.

On bath towels and sheets, the virus can remain active between 24 and 72 hours at room temperature. The same happens with intimate clothing, both male and female. It is crucial not to try on or share intimate clothing with others before washing it.

Are warts very contagious?

Genital warts are highly contagious. You can infect or be infected even with the use of condoms during sex. It is also possible for a mother to infect her baby during childbirth. Generally, in newborns, the virus lodges in the throat or mouth.

There are other types of warts that are not genital and appear on other parts of the body, such as the face and hands. Warts or papillomas on the hands are very contagious, even for yourself, as if you scratch or touch them, they can spread to other parts of the body.

You can infect others with these warts if there is skin-to-skin contact or simply by sharing your personal items with them. Kitchen cloths and especially gloves are likely vehicles for transmitting the virus. In this case, poor hygiene does not cause the virus to infect another person.

Which HPVs transmit genital warts?

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There are about 200 types of human papillomavirus. Of that amount, just over 40 types are the ones that affect the genital area with the appearance of warts. In turn, these 40 types are divided into low risk and high risk.

Low-risk ones can develop genital warts, which start with a small benign lesion and do not transform into cancerous lesions. High-risk ones can also develop genital warts and over time can turn into cervical cancer in women.

However, not all high-risk HPVs eventually become cancer, although regular HPV tests are necessary.

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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