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Week 36-Does saliva carry HPV (human papilloma virus)?

May 1, 2009

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases/infections) spread in two ways:

  • through bodily fluids ( semen, vaginal secretions, blood, pre-cum)  These fluids are passed from partner to partner during vaginal, oral or anal sex.
  • through skin–to-skin contact. (Genital HPV can spread by rubbing against an infected partner skin-to-skin or by touching an infected person’s genitals, then touching yourself. )

Saliva itself does not transmit HPV but,  skin-to-skin contact can.  LIPS ARE SKIN!

Activities you do on your own, such as masturbate,  do not transmit STDs. 

Some HPV facts:

  • There are more than a hundred types of HPV – about 40 types can infect your genitals – vulva, vagina, penis, scrotum, anus, or rectum.
  • Genital HPV is quite common – about 50% of men and 75% of women have HPV at some time in their lived– most people are unaware.
  • Although most HPV infections go away within 6-8 months – some do not. HPV can lay dormant for several years, making it impossible/difficult to know when you were infected and to whom you may have passed the infection.
  • Some types of HPV are “high risk” types and can result in cervical cancer or other genital cancers.

 Use condoms!  Get Yourself Tested!  Kiss Often! Kiss A Lot!

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England’s Education Department carefully selects all weekly questions. All questions are actual inquiries made to PPNNE by college-aged students.

Should you have a question you would like to see included, please send an email to goddess@ppnne.org

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