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Transimission of HPV question

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Transimission of HPV question

Hello community,

I have a question, maybe you can help me clear my doubts. Assuming I have been infected with HPV, is it possible to pass on the virus to other persons in everyday life (without sexual activity). Say for example to family members in the household or while hanging out with friends etc. Would there be a risk to infect my family while living with them? (say through objects, towels etc or simply through normal contact like hugging or so). I didn't find any clear information on the internet so I was hoping someone may help me out :)


Thank you

Meghan Herring

Hi Hez89,

I just wanted to pop on to say you might find reading our section on how HPV can be passed on useful. 

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that 4 out of 5 (80%) of us will have at some point during our lives. It is passed on through skin-to-skin contact. For genital HPV, this includes:

  • vaginal, anal and oral sex
  • touching in the genital area
  • sharing sex toys.
  • Therefore, you won't pass it on to your family through hugging.

Hope that helps,




Thanks so much for your reply :)

For some reason I am a little paranoid and I fear that anything I touch in the household or in other places could get contaminated with HPV and then the next person who touches that object/surface etc. is at risk of getting HPV too. There are some articles on the Internet that say that HPV can be spread through objects and door knobs and then there are others that say there is no risk at all... I don't know what is true anymore. Do I have to fear to infect people when touching an object/surface etc?

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