How is HPV Transmitted?

Can HPV Spread from Pools or Turkish baths?

Regarding HPV, another thing that people wonder about is whether HPV can spread from pools and Turkish baths. There must be contact with the skin, mouth and genital area of someone infected with HPV For transmission to occur. HPV does not spread from pool water and hard surfaces. This virus needs living cells to survive. There must be transmission from one living cell to another for transmission to occur. The subject of non-sexual transmission of genital HPV is controversial. Most studies conducted on sexually inexperienced young women (Andersson-Ellström et al., 1994; Dillner et al., 1999) have shown that non-sexual transmission of HPV is a rare but possible phenomenon. However, a number of studies have reported that HPV can also occasionally be transmitted through other means besides sexual activity. Possible non-sexual means include vertical transmission, fomites, and skin contact (Pao et al., 1992; Cason et al., 1995; Winer et al., 2003, Mindel and Tideman, 1999; Frega et al. 2003). It can also be rarely transmitted through the use of epilating wax. Wax carries the risk of transmitting the virus from the living skin cells, in which the virus has settled, to the irritated skin area of another person during the next waxing process.

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