HPV Spread During Kissing
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.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series, How Much Do You Know About HPV? View the entire transcript here.