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Hi. Can you kiss or hug some one who has had a hpv. The hpv has been treated and there is no symptoms


The Human papilloma virus (HPV) is very common. There are many different strains of HPV that cause warts on different parts of the body. It’s common for people not to have symptoms of HPV (warts), but the virus can still be on the skin and pass with skin to skin contact with the affected area.

You have not said where the HPV was but I am guessing they had genital warts and that these were treated. In one of our client handouts we say if no visible wart is seen within 2 years it is considered a resolved infection unlikely to reappear or be spread to an uninfected partner. Everyone is different so this 2 year time span could be much shorter.

The other thing is because HPV is really common and we don’t have HPV tests available at the clinical level to see if someone has a current or past HPV infection, it is unknown if you would be at risk as you could have or had that type of HPV already.

Also there would be no risk of getting HPV from hugging and kissing someone if they just have HPV on the genitals as you would need direct contact with the area for there to be a risk for example oral, vaginal or anal sex.

Click here to be redirected to our HPV page for more information.

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Health Nurse

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This answer was posted on November 4, 2016

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djrox1486 says:

I have a wart on my head just above the left ear from past almost 2 years, Size of that changes randomly sometime it become small sometime big. Now from 1 month i found 2-3 small warts just near to that appeared, I went to doctor and she prescribed me some ointment to put on that. My question is can it be spreed to my kid or my wife even if i or they don't touch the infected part ? Means if i use sanitizer after i touch that part, is it safe to hug or kiss to my family ?

Health Nurse says:

Hi, and thanks for your question.

You can absolutely hug and kiss your family. Human Papilloma Virus (the virus that causes warts) is very common and it is spread through direct skin to skin contact. However this should not stop you from displaying healthy, normal affection and physical contact with your family. You can continue to treat the wart with an over the counter treatment or whatever treatment the doctor prescribed to you and it will eventually go away.

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

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