HPV Spread During Kissing
Last Modified: January 1, 2010
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Since HPV is a skin to skin...if I have HPV can I give it my children when I kiss them?
Harry Quon, MD, MS (CRM), Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
The HPV virus seems to need some break in the mucosa for it to start the infection. This mucosal abrasion or break typically occurs during sexual intercourse and is not a concern during kissing.
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