Infecting Others

HPV is a highly contagious virus. With so many forms, it is possible for the body to fight off one strain of the virus, yet be infected again with another strain.

Many times people will have HPV without showing any symptoms. The virus itself is transmitted by skin to skin contact. So, it’s possible to catch the virus even if someone uses a condom.

When genital warts are present, the virus is even more contagious. The simple act of sharing towels can transmit the virus.

Warts can appear within weeks or months after sexual contact with an infected partner—even if the infected partner has no signs of genital warts.