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Can I transmit GENITAL WARTS VIRUS by shaking hands?

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If I have genital warts and I touch my penis and then shake someone's hand not long after can I transmit the virus?


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Since the hand has keratinized tissue, it takes repeated contact for the hand to transmit genital warts.
So in your case, there is nothing to be worried about.

Take care

Patient replied :

Both hands need repeated contact?


Thanks for your reply.

Yes there should be a repeated contact where you touch the genital warts and then shake someone's hands. Otherwise the transmission does not occur just by a one time touch. Also the virus causing warts in the genital area is different from the one that causes warts on the hand.

Take care

Patient replied :

So the person's hand that I shake doesn't become a vehicle(carrier) from a one time touch?

Thank you for the follow up.
No one time touch is virtually the same as no touch. It needs multiple repeated contacts.
Hope this was helpful,

Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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