Study Says You Can Get HPV Without Having Sex
For years, the Human Papillomavirus, often referred to as HPV, has been known as one of the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. However, new study suggests HPV can be transmitted without actually having intercourse.
According to a study published in the Sexual Health journal, researchers analyzed 51 studies conducted on HPV. Of the information, it was discovered hat HPV can be found in the genital tract of up to 51 percent of female virgins.
How is this possible you inquire? Well, researchers say transmission can occur from hands to an individual’s sexual organs such as masturbation, playing with sex toys, touching one’s genital area, etc. There were several cases of hand-to-genital HPV transmission as well as cases where HPV DNA was found on vibrators that were used 24 hours after they had been cleaned. In addition, it was discovered HPV can be found on surfaces in medical settings, such as your gynecologists office, and public environments, like your gym, which in turn find its way to other individuals.
While at a doctor’s office a medical assistant should due his or her diligence to ensure all medical areas are cleaned efficiently, it’s up to you to clean your locker areas and equipment in the gym. That means make use of the paper towel and disinfectant every time you are at the gym as well as all of the workout station you intend to use. However, keep in mind, sexual intercourse remains the primary way HPV can be transmitted. Be sure to use protection.
For more information regrading HPV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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