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Can you Get HPV from Sharing a Spoon?

There are many uncertainties surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV). Most people are not clear on how it spreads, how to combat it, and how it acts. A common question is whether HPV can be transmitted by using the same spoon or sharing utensils in general.

Our mission today is to clarify whether it’s possible to transmit this virus in this way, so that you know whether an infected person can or cannot share such utensils.

No, HPV is not transmitted by using the same spoon

Young girl feeding her boyfriend ice cream with a spoon.

Don’t be alarmed, if you shared a spoon with someone this doesn’t mean that there was an HPV transmission in either direction.

This is because it is impossible to transmit the human papillomavirus to another person just by sharing a utensil like a spoon. However, we recommend that you take the appropriate measures to treat HPV (click here to see how to treat it).

For a long time, researchers around the world have conducted studies to determine the ways in which HPV is transmitted, concluding that its main route of transmission is sexual.

However, it has also been shown that this virus can be transmitted in non-sexual ways, even through saliva. So why doesn’t it spread by sharing a spoon? We’ll explain…

Why doesn’t HPV spread by using the same spoon?

Woman thinking

We just said that saliva can transmit HPV. Sharing the same spoon involves a saliva exchange. So why can’t HPV be transmitted in this way? It’s all down to the amount of saliva exchanged.

And it has been shown that, for saliva to serve as a transmission route, there must be a large exchange of this secretion. For example, in tongue-kissing; and even in these cases, the probability of transmission is only 1.2%.

Sharing a spoon does not involve enough saliva exchange for the virus to be present.

Also, it’s important to mention: the human papillomavirus becomes very unstable once it leaves our body. So, although it can reach objects, like a spoon, its viability time is very short.

These are the main reasons why HPV does not spread by using the same spoon.

Can HPV be transmitted by sharing forks, knives, glasses or other utensils?

No, the same logic applies to all other kitchen utensils. Sharing them involves a saliva exchange, but it is so small that it does not represent a form of transmission.

Therefore, if you or someone close to you have HPV, you should not worry about contracting the virus by sharing a spoon, knife, fork, glasses, or even straws with other people.

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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