Can We Catch HPV From Toilet Seats?

July 9th, 2007 by | Category: Cancer

Human Papillomavirus, commonly known amongst people as HPV, is a type of viral infection, which spreads through skin-to-skin sexual contact. HPV is a group of more than 100 viruses of different types, which may have at least 30 strains that are known to cause different types of cancer in humans.We catch HPV from Toilet Seats still remains a common misconception among many people and continues to do the rounds all the time. But it is not true. The HPV – human pappillomavirus cannot be transmitted by using a toilet seat used by someone infected with HPV simply because life of a virus is very short and it cannot survive long once it is outside the body.

HPV is transmitted in the following ways – skin-to-skin sexual contact with a partner who is HPV infected. Penetration is not necessary to contract HPV. If a healthy person touches genitals of a partner or person infected with HPV and then his/her own it is a potential danger. HPV can be transmitted through various other ways like vaginal and anal intercourse, oral sex. Sharing sex toys with an infected person without first disinfecting it can also be a risky proposition. If a person indulges with it or opposite sex infected with HPV in genital-to-genital contact, he or she is at a risk.

Coming to taking preventive measures against HPV- Since no penetration is necessary to transmit the virus, prevention of HPV can be ensured to some extent by wearing a condom correctly and every time one has sex. Condoms provide limited protection because infected parts of the genitals may still be exposed while indulging in sex. For those who are sexually more active than others, wearing a condom and limiting the number of partners may reduce the risk of transmission.

The HPV vaccine called Gardasil, is also considered an effective means to prevent HPV. The vaccine is also approved for young women age 9 and 26. It is supposed to protect against HPV known to cause cervical cancer in women, and the HP virus known to cause genital warts. Before deciding to take vaccine it is advisable that you consult your doctor.

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Comment by Andrea
2008-06-28 07:36:03

I thought for a minute you were going to say you COULD get HPV from toilet seats. Thankfully, as you said, you cannot.

Comment by ps
2009-12-15 13:21:35

bs i gave it to 2 people from a toilet seat doctors have know idea im sure we will find this out in the future cause really they dont no ,cancer will evolve and kill everyone, if not the government will make sure off that!

Comment by Erika
2009-08-12 22:40:30

If HPV can be spread by oral sex, can it also be spread through drinking after someone who has HPV?

Comment by Jennifer
2010-08-29 14:28:50

You know, the fact of the matter is that no one really knows the answer. Everyone I talk to has there own opinion. So, I am here to say “yes, yes you can” get it from a toilet seat. I am 20 years old. And never been sexually active. I have just recently been diagnosed with HPV. And the only way for me to have gotten it would be my 22 years old sister who was diagnosed 1.5 years ago. The only thing that she and I share is the bathroom. So, when some say “no, no you can’t”! I say “false”! They really just don’t know.

Comment by unknown
2013-04-08 13:54:28

I agree with you 100% i am 31 now but when I was 15 i had an std cant remember what it was but i remember the 2 pills i had to take for it were nasty tasted a lot like pennies smell but at this time i had not been sexually active and the only thing i had ever done was kiss and they said i could not get from kissing had to be from sex but was a virgin and had never had anyone or anything in that area of my body so I am going to say there are things that can happen even if doctors say it can not cause it happened to me also

Comment by Christine
2010-09-02 01:37:18

I was told that you cannot get it from a toilet seat but you can be a carrier of it and go years without showing any symptoms. The HPV virus cant live long enough outside the body for someone to get it from a toilet seat or by drinking out of someones drink who has it. Thats why it has to be direct genital to skin interaction.

Comment by Tamara
2010-10-22 21:51:50

If only what you say was true. I have been recently diagnosed with the virus. And my doctor says that if you were to come in contact with a toilet seat that may have come into contact with an infected persons discharge that you can indeed contract the virus. Yes the time window as not a large one but, the chances are still there.

Comment by Rose
2011-07-11 13:41:07

So–what”s the truth? I have a housekeeper that has hpv. I have only 1 toilet. Is there a way to clean the virus away–like bleach?

Comment by DJ
2011-12-22 05:36:12

I’m 22 years old and I caught HPV through a cheating partner. It’s awful when you catch something from someone you thought you could trust. I remember seeing the commercials, saying, that will never happen to me.

When it did, I went through a period of total depression. I felt broken, used, and no longer wanted.
It took consoling from my dr and many months of self-motivation to bring myself up from this. I realized, there were far many worse things out there. I go to my dr every 6 months and make sure I continue to stay in tune with my body.

Many upon many women live full healthy regular lives with HPV. That’s the most important thing to remember.

Comment by Tyler
2012-09-20 20:56:54

If you can get it by sharing sex toys one after another, what is the difference between that and using the toilet immediately after an infected person?

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2012-09-29 06:03:34

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2012-09-29 06:05:00

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