The human papillomavirus is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, if not the most common, that affects women as well as men. In any case, the infection is usually harmless, but it can cause warts both on the skin and on the mucus of different parts of the body. The most serious cases can lead to the development of cancer in certain parts such as anus, penis, uterus, vagina or throat.
We have always known that the infection could be transmitted through sexual intercourse (both in exchange of fluids and through direct contact) or cuts in the skin, but new studies would confirm that it would not be necessary to have sexual intercourse to contract HPV, since there is an ideal reservoir For this virus: fingers.
According to Natalia Gennaro Della Rossa, specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Ruber Juan Bravo clinic in Madrid, fingernails and fingertips can also spread this virus, since they constitute a reservoir to spread the virus to other people. “The majority of HPV infections will disappear spontaneously, so, at first we usually only observe and after a while, if the virus persists active, we recommend a laser vaporization eradication treatment. While, if it causes a major injury at the level of cervical cells, we usually perform a small outpatient surgery where the lesion is removed, “says the specialist.