hi i have this constant fear of HPV and it is consuming my mind. i feel as if everyone around me has it and i know it has a lot to do with anxiety. i have many questions about this. here are a few?
1. Can I get it from trying on jeans without underwear?(gross i know)
2. if someone had a cold sore but was carrying the HPV virus and i touched it with open dry skin could i contract it that way even though there was no genital contact with that person?

*i'm sorry for the ridiculous questions but i am also a hypochondriac and just want to get these off my chest without personal confrontation with my doctor
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replied April 27th, 2013
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Well open and French kissing has known to transmit HPV infection, but this is neither the common nor preferred route of transmission. Most HPV infections caught by kissing resolve on their own. So if you have touched an oral cold sore then there is not much chance of infection. However, if it was a genital sore, then there could be some chance of infection.

If you are so paranoid about infection then please ask your doctor and get HPV vaccine shots. Also practice safe sex by using condoms always. Hope this helps. Take care!

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