Dear Ask The Doctor: I was just diagnosed with HPV type seventy. The obgyn just did a biopsy and informed me it is a mild case in my cervex area only and may clear up on its own. I have been married for twenty years and neither my husband or I have not been with any other partners. Can you tell me how I could have become infected with this type of HPV?
HPV infection occurs when the virus enters your body through a cut, abrasion or imperceptible tear in the outer layer of your skin. The virus is transferred primarily by sexual contact or skin to skin contact.
Thus sexual activity is not required to transmit the virus.
Some HPV infections that result in oral or upper respiratory lesions are contracted through oral sex. We still do not fully understand all modes of transmission of the virus and how long it can live on non skin surfaces and it is likely that yet undiscovered methods of transmission exist.
I hope I cleared your doubt.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 November 2010 )