Can HPV be spread non-sexually?


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Human papillomavirus can be transmitted non-sexually. According to Health News, HPV can't be killed by disinfectants, so there is a risk of being infected by a medical instrument or tool that harbors the virus. Also, a pregnant woman is able to transmit the virus to her unborn baby.

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HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. As of June, 2014, there is no cure for the disease. According to Manitoba Health, the body's immune system is able to get rid of the virus by itself within two years. Treatments are available to help with the symptoms. The usual symptoms of HPV are skin and/or genital warts. HPV can also cause cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, penis, mouth and throat.

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