[Question #6275] HPV conflicting info

19 months ago
Hello Doctors,
Mainly following up from my conversation with Dr Handsfield due to website difficulties i was allowed another question. My initial question regarding HPV exposure was definitively answered. However, the specialist i visited did state that HPV has potential up to 40% although probably less for a single 2 minute handjob.  At the time i clarified pointing out experts state otherwise. This was from my research on medhelp and my question to a specialist at healthcare magic who also said zero risk. When i pressed him, he said the latest studies show and they have new data. However, he then said the good news was  that this is an easily transmitable strain and there are equal odds that it can be picked up due to daily activities in busy public places - this is in an international city. He then added that most HPV is harmless and seemed to suggest that this strain is. As i am anxious over potential HPV infection of my pregnant wife i asked him if i should be worried. He informed me no. If he were in my situation he would feel no anxiety of resuming normal sexual relations with my pregnant wife. He also said i did not need to test for anything else as i was at zero risk. This is what causes me increasing anxiety. But if i am truly at zero risk of anything, if i tell me wi
The other expert at healthcare magic stated it is a completely harmless activity regarding anything. Any thoughts on this? This is what i find confusing. Given your collective experience and status and that you have never seen an hpv infection from hand to genital in decades. Thoughts on this? 
Also, i sent Dr Handsfield an except fro transmission of hpv amongst lesbian couples. He did not believe this data was contradictory to main scientific understanding. But if HPV is not transmotted from hand to genital why the high rates amongst lesbian people?
By the way, I can give the name of the specialist std doctor i visited- i am sure you know of him - via email to customer services if you would like.



19 months ago
Page seemed to stick. Another couple of points. Am i truly at zero risk from anything? 2 minute handjob in a massage parlor. Both std doctors seemd to think so although differing opinions on hpv.
Given a 2 minute handjob and the fact my wife is 5 months pregnant can i still move on? What would you do in my situation. Sorry for any repetition
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
19 months ago

Welcome back to our Forum although I'm sorry that you found the need.  I read your earlier interaction with Dr. Handsfield and agree with all that he said.  Much of what you have written above repeats much of what you have already asked Dr. Handsfield and like Dr. Handsfield, I am confident that receipt of masturbation for brief period does not represent a meaningful risk for HPV or any other STI.  My sincere advice is to forget about your misstep and move forward.  The second part of my advice however is to stay off of the internet.  Anyone who is anxious will find statements there which will unnecessarily fuel their concerns and anxiety.  Much of what is there is taken out of contest, out of date or incorrect.  Please realize that even articles published in some of the less widely circulated medical journals, where in some instances, authors actually pay to have their research published may be incorrect.

The estimate that receipt of brief masturbation carries a 40% risk for HPV infection is not believable.  Like Dr. Handsfield, in my own STI-focused practice for the past nearly 40 year, taking care of thousands of patients and reading medical journals on STI related topics, I have never seen a case of HPV acquired in the manner you are worried about. 

My sincere advice, as is Dr. Handsfield's is to stop worrying, stay off the internet and put your concerns behind you.  You are not at risk for HPV from the exposure you described.  EWH

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19 months ago
Ok doc thanks. Still not sure how it is acquired in lesbian though if hand genital is negligible risk. Any idea on this?
Really appreciate your help. Feel much better now, i will put this behimd me. Last question is more out of curiosity.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
19 months ago

Current data suggests that the majority of lesbian women or their partners have had sex with men as well as women at some time in the past.  Then you factor in the variety of different sexual practices that women with other women as sex partners, as well as any other couple might have and it is not difficult to understand that women whom currently have only other women as sex partners might have HPV.  This is well understood. 

I urge you to address your overwhelming anxiety (perhaps driven by guilt and shame) and move forward.  If you cannot do that on your own, there is widely available, confidential professional counseling available through any number of mental health facilities.  EWH

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19 months ago
Thanks doc. To both of you. Feel much better. Infinitelybin fact. Have a great day!
19 months ago
Hi Doc. Ready to move forward. Fweling better but a bit of illogical anxiety today. Would you confidently say i can resume sexual relations with my pregnant wife without fear? Final time i visit. I promise.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
19 months ago

Yes, there is certainly no reason related to the encounter you have described to us to abstain from unprotected sex with your wife. 


As you know, this this 3rd response this thread is now complete and will be closed shortly without further responses.  Should you return with additional repetitive or anxiety-driven questions, your question may be deleted without a response and without return of your posting fee.  Take care.  Please don't worry.  EWH

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19 months ago
Thanks Doc. I will move on now.