FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Human papillomavirus (HPV) is easily transmitted during sex, but it is unlikely to be passed by the hands, Canadian researchers report.
The virus, which infects the skin and genitals, is a cause of several types of cancer in both men and women, including cervical cancer, as well as tumors of the vagina, penis, anus and throat.
Because HPV strains on your hand usually match those found in your genital area or your partner’s, some researchers have speculated that hand-to-genital sexual contact might spread the infection.
This new study puts that theory to rest, said lead author Talia Malagon. She’s a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in Montreal.
“Just because we detect HPV DNA in the hand doesn’t necessarily mean the viral particles are v...Read More