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A girl has genital warts. I want to have sex with her, is it safe if I have a condom? Does kiss also transmit HPV virus?

Hi,

Thanks for your questions.

Yes, condoms reduce the chance of passing HPV. The HPV virus is passed through direct skin-to-skin contact, and the condom acts as a barrier between the skin. However, because condoms don’t cover all of the genitals, it’s still possible to pass HPV to the areas not covered by the condom. 

Although there's no 100% way to protect against genital warts it's important to know that they are not dangerous.They can be annoying, and some people don’t like the look of them, but genital warts are not dangerous in anyway.

We do not see HPV passed through kissing, however it is passed through oral sex.

Hope this helps! Please feel free to submit another question if needed.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on November 15, 2017

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