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How does oral human papillomavirus (HPV) spread?

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Scientists are still learning how oral HPV spreads. Only a few studies have looked into how people get infected. Many doctors suspect it’s passed on through oral sex, but no one can say for sure. It’s also uncertain if you can get the virus from deep "French" kissing. But it is clear that you can’t get oral HPV from casual contact, like kissing on the cheek or sharing a drink with an infected person.

From: Oral HPV and Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer – Fact Sheet.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “HPV and Head and Neck Cancer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “HPV/Oral Cancer Facts.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Human HPV and Throat/Oral Cancer, Frequently Asked Questions.”

Harvard Health: “How to boost your immune system.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Human papillomavirus (HPV) and Oropharyngeal Cancer – Fact Sheet.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “HPV and Head and Neck Cancer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “HPV/Oral Cancer Facts.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Human HPV and Throat/Oral Cancer, Frequently Asked Questions.”

Harvard Health: “How to boost your immune system.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

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