HPV was detected on at least one vibrator immediately after use in the women with vaginal HPV. This supports the potential for HPV transmission via shared sex toy use, and is additionally supported by continued detection of HPV up to 24 h after standard cleaning.
Women with the potentially cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV, may be putting their partners at risk if they share sex toys during intimate relations, a new study suggests.
HPV is transmitted from skin to skin contact only. Even though the virus itself may survive outside the body, it's not in enough quantities to transmit. The only time a sex toy should be a concern for STI transmission should be when an infected partner has just finished using it and you immediately insert the toy into your anus.
If you use your sex toy with a partner who has herpes or HPV and then touch it to your own body without washing, the risk of contracting these viruses is low—but it exists.
For instance, if a partner with a herpes outbreak used a sex toy, and then a few minutes later you used the same sex toy, there’s a chance that the virus would be transmitted to you.
and "Have you ever put your mouth on a sex toy after it had touched your genitals?" About 2 percent of participants had an oral HPV infection, and 16 percent had engaged in behaviors that could ...
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