[Question #3951] HPV transmission

31 months ago
Hello, I visited my gyno and on the exam tray table there was a procedure pad like they put tools on on the table. It had small spots of betadine and 2 small red dots. While I was sitting there I used my thumb and pointer finger and pinched the very corner of the mat/pad moving it further away from me. I dont think I put my hands in my mouth. After my exam I went to leave urine sample, but tried to wash my hands first. The water only trickled out of the faucet. I used what I thought was soap, but didn't wash very well at all . Touched the faucet knobs  and dried my hands rough and hard with paper towel. I patted dry with TP after leaving my sample. Could my hands still have had vaginal fluids or something nasty from the pad?  Am I at risk for HPV?  The girl in the room before me had a procedure of some kind. Could dirty tools have been on it?  I dont think I made skin to skin contact with my vaginal area. I just touched the TP. Thank you. Looking forward to your response.  
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Welcome to the forum.  I'll try to help.  Certainly a clinic with spotted towels and poor running water does not sound very nice.  Despite that however, no STIs are transmitted with any regularity through transfer on infected material acquired through touching contaminated toilet paper, sin faucets or examination materials   I would not worry about this.  My comments include HPV which is a complex topic since most sexually active persons have the infectin, whether or not they know it, and it does not cause problems for persons who get regular sexual health examinations.  For more information on the complex topic of HPV I suggest that you review 5-6 of the very many other posts found on the forum regarding HPV.

I hope these comments are helpful and reassuring.  EWH
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31 months ago
Thank you so much.  I'm never going back to that place. I had a HPV test with my last pap 2 yrs ago and everything was good.  I scrubbed my fingers hard under the little trickle of water with whatever green stuff they had that didn't sud. I'm just not confident with my hand washing there. Rubbing hard with the paper towel took stuff off too. I'll put this behind me until my next PAP and I'll get HPV test too. I'm a germaphobe I don't know why I touched it in the first place. Thank you  again. One last thing; if there were any viruses on the maybe 1/4 inch section of pad would they wash off pretty easily with hard scrubbing  and rubbing? Thanks!
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
No worries.  If there were v irises or other vermin on the pad, they would stick to the fibers of the pad and not put you at risk.  You should be OK.  EWH---
31 months ago
Hello again, I have to add to my question. If I did put my fingers near my lips or on my mouth if i did have something on them could I catch something that way? Like HVP orally?  I have painful bumps under my tongue, but a it's only been a week. I'm thinking stress related issue. Thanks again. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Glad to provide another comment.  HPV is not transmitted through transfer of the virus on a person's hands, either to themselves or to other people.  There is no risk to you from touching your mouth.  As for the bumps on your tongue, they are most likely normal.  HPV infections takes several months to become visible after they have been acquired, not days or weeks.  I can assure you that the bumps you noted are not HPV acquired from your clinic visit.

As you may know, we provide up to three responses to questions.  This is my 3rd response to your questions.  I hope they have been helpful.  Now however, as per Forum guidelines, this thread will be closed later today.  Take care and please don't worry.  EWH
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