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Question about the transmission of genital warts

Patient: Can you get genital warts if you wash your genitals with a washcloth that was used on a foot with plantar warts?

 

 

Doctor: Most skin warts are due to herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1)  infection and genital infection are due to HSV 2. Even though the risk is very small HSV-1 can cause genital herpes infections when there is exposure. I hope this answers your question.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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