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Is HPV contagious?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

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 State Government Health. Human papillomavirus (HPV). Available at:  (accessed 15 April 2018)
  2. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV and Men – Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 15 April 18)

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0131a - Date of preparation May 2018