Re: HPV Not STD No Sex Without Protection
To the person who started this thread: please refrain from making unnecessary uniformed comments.
HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact, just like the herpes simplex virus. It is classified as a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) because you can develop genital warts from certain strains of the virus, and cervical and anal cancer from other strains - this generally occurs during sexual intercourse (vaginal and anal).
It is true, however, that HPV can also be spread through contact with other areas that aren’t covered. In other words, you can get HPV through oral-genital or hand-genital contact – not just intercourse (it is also true that the child could have gotten it from an infected mother - who perhaps did not even know she was infected). So in this, perhaps you are right.
Also don't forget that there are over 100 different strains of the HPV virus. The ones that you hear the most about (which are also incidentally the ones that the vaccine protects against) are the ones that are being referred to when talking about sexually transmitted strains of HPV (please note that I am neither for nor against the vaccine):
HPV types 6 and 11 are the most common cause of genital warts.
HPV types 16 and 18, which are the most common “high risk” types, which cause about 70% of all cases of cervical cancer. HPV type 16 also causes about 85% of all anal cancers.
Also please note that HPV strains 2 and 4 are also the most common causes of the common warts you get on your hands and feet (not genital warts).
Hopefully this has been informative.