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Is HPV contagious?

Page last updated 04 April 2022

HPV is highly contagious, being easily spread during vaginal or anal sex. It can also be spread through oral sex and other close skin-to-skin contact during sexual intercourse.

If used correctly, condoms can help reduce the risk of genital HPV and can also provide protection against other sexually transmitted diseases. However, because HPV is spread through genital skin contact (not just sexual intercourse) and via oral sex; condoms don’t provide 100% protection against HPV.

Sources & Citations

1. Queensland Government Department of Health. Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Available at: (accessed 14 December 2021).

4. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Genital HPV Infection – Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 14 December 2021).

MAT-AU-2102490  Date of preparation March 2022