Can warts on someone’s hand be transmitted to my genitals?


Someone asked us:

My boyfriend has a wart on his hand. If he fingers me, can I get a wart in my vagina or on my vulva? If I got a wart this way, would it be the same virus as genital warts or something different?

So here’s the deal: all warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). There are over 100 different strains of HPV: some can lead to certain cancers, some cause genital warts, and others produce warts elsewhere on the body. The types of HPV that cause genital warts are usually different than strains that cause warts elsewhere, but there are strains that infect both sites.

So it’s very, very unlikely that hand warts can be transmitted to the genitals, though we can’t say it’s totally impossible.

-Kendall at Planned Parenthood