Help, I Got HPV at My Doctor’s Office

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a serious sexual health concern for women. In fact, 99 percent of cervical cancers are thought to be associated with HPV. Getting HPV is usually through sexual intercourse. But there are two other surprising ways you can get HPV without having sex.

Did you know that 14 million are infected with HPV every year? This makes this sexually transmitted disease (STD) very common and spreading at alarming rates.

Have You Had Your HPV Vaccination?

Being vaccinated against this STD that puts women’s health in jeopardy can make a difference. If vaccinated you may only need three smear tests in a lifetime. In fact, research published in the International Journal of Cancer found that women vaccinated could have a smear at age 30, 40, and 55. HPV has been linked to genital warts and cervical cancer.

Two Ways to Get HPV Without Having Sex

It was always thought that you could avoid getting HPV by practicing safe sex and visiting your doctor regularly. However, it so happens that there are a few other ways and places you can contract the STD.

Research published in Sexual Health explained that women could in fact get HPV at seemingly safe and sterile places like a doctor office. The research conclusion highlighted that 51 percent of virgins had HPV in their genital tracts.

You can also get HPV from foreplay with your partner. You don’t necessarily need to have sex. Sex toys are also another way to pass and contract the STD. Does this make HPV wildly contagious?

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Did You Get HPV at the Doctor Office?

The scariest way to get HPV without having sex is actually from the doctor office. This could be due to unclean surfaces. This is also true for the gym. You may be able to pick up an STD from the unclean sweaty surfaces in say the women’s locker room.

The gym, sure, but doctor offices should be clean and STD free. One easy fix is to skip the doctor as much as possible by being vaccinated for HPV. This means three lifetime visits, decreasing your risk of getting an STD at the doctor office.

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