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I am 30 years old and my husband is 33 years old. We were both virgins when we first had sex, which was 3.5 years ago. This April 2012 I decide to get a pap smear and the result is Epithelial cell abnormality ASCUS. The HPV high-risk test is positive for 13 high risk types.

I had a follow up with the gyno and she was surprised as to how i contracted hpv because my husband and I are in a monogonous relationship and have only had sex with each other. Then my husband pointed out that he has a friend who had warts on his ear and he had visited him in his house. Could it be that I contracted HPV from my husband who shook hands with him then might have gone to the bathroom??

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replied July 19th, 2012
Sexual Health - Women Answer A37261
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Yes, HPV virus can be transmitted from skin to skin contact with a person infected with HPV. You may have touched someone who is infected with HPV or your husband may have and either of you could have touched your genitals after that without washing your hands well. This could have caused HPV infection in you. Hope this helps. Take care!

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