[Question #7568] Confused scared

3 months ago
Hello I have read through so many threads and I read if you have high risk hpv and you touch genitals then object before someone even if fluids weren't dry there is no risk or worries but what if this someone touches there mouth ? I had no idea I had high risk hpv when I found I remembered an incident touching my genitals dont remember if hand was dry and handed someone a cup  I am scared to death I dont know what to believe I also contracted hsv1 genital I have had cold sores all my life terri said this is zero chance 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
3 months ago
Welcome. Thank you for your question. And thanks for reading questions on the forum related to your own.

I really don't think you should be worried at all. Everybody touches their genitals and then their mouth -- it happens all the time, usually without realizing it. I'm sure you've done it hundreds of time other than the one time you're thinking of. Can HPV be transmitted from genitals to mouth by such contact? Maybe -- but probably not often. On the other hand, oral HPV is quite common (although not as common as genital infection), including people who haven't performed oral sex. Some of these infections may result from their own genital-hand-mouth contact. But it really doesn't matter anyway. The vast majority of HPV infections, whether genital or oral, never cause any disease problem.

As for oral and genital HSV1 infection, Terri Warren is exactly right:  If you have had cold sores, i.e. oral herpes due to HSV1, you are immune to catching HSV1 again anywhere on the body. You couldn't transfer your oral HSV1 infection to your genital area even if you tried.

There's really nothing to be concerned about. Try to forget about it and move on with no further concern.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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3 months ago
I am sorry my  question is if I touch my genitals and have vaginal fluid on my hand then hand someone an object like cup and they touch their mouth is there a risk ? 
3 months ago
If they touch the object then their mouth sorry 
3 months ago
Are they at risk getting oral HR HPV 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
3 months ago
Such indirect contact -- genital fluid to hands to eating utensils, etc -- is zero risk for HPV any any other STD. Not enough virus to cause infection can be passed in this manner; and in addition, the virus must be massaged into the tissues for infection to take hold. That's why HPV is only transmitted by sex itself.

The exact origins of oral HPV are not always obvious. Many cases of course are acquired by oral sex, but oral HPV sometimes is present in people who have not performed oral sex. Most such persons also have genital infection with the same HPV type; this suggests that auto-inoculation may explain some cases, i.e. transfer of one's own HPV from genital area to mouth may explain some cases. In any case, why are you so freaked out about oral HPV? Most infections are harmless. Although there has been a lot of media attention to throat cancer from HPV, it remains rare -- much less common than other cancers like colon, rectum, long, prostate, breast, etc. Even among people with oral HPV, the vast majority do not lead to cancer.

Do your best to mellow out and stop worrying about this. I hope these commetns help you do so.
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3 months ago
Thank you for being patient with me and explaining I truly appreciate it I am so scared that my child touched the fluid on object and touched his mouth that I  can barely function this is all I can think about it's making me physically sick from what I understand you are saying this is possible 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
3 months ago
Children in the households of people with genital or oral HPV do not become infected, despite years of typical parent-child contact (diaper changing, hugging, kissing, bathing, shared beds, and shared toilets kitchens, towels, cups and glasses, etc). Your child is not at risk for HPV unless and until s/he becomes sexually active -- at which time s/he definitely will become HPV infected. When s/he reaches age 11-12 (before sexual activity is likely), please be sure s/he is vaccinated to prevent infection with the 9 HPV types that cause 90% of health problems. In the meantime, you needn't be at all worried about this.---
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