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Can you get HPV from kissing someone?

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The human papillomavirus is not spread through kissing. Many fear that kissing may cause a risk of infection because there is a strain of HPV that is associated with the mouth.

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, none of the 80 known strains of HPV are spread by mouth-to-mouth contact of any sort, including sharing food or drinks. HPV is generally a sexually transmitted disease. In many cases, a person could have HPV and be unaware of her condition due to a lack of symptoms. HPV can stay dormant in a person's body for years before symptoms begin to appear.

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