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Cervical Cancer

Is cervical cancer contagious?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    As a cervical cancer survivor, I can tell you that it is not contagious.  But HPV, which is thought to be the cause of most cases of cervical cancer is contagious.  Now, there are many strains of HPV, and not all of them can cause cancer, but you don't get to pick and choose which ones you are exposed to.  To prevent HPV, always use condoms, but even that won't protect 100% because skin-to-skin contact is how it is spread. 
  • Cervical cancer is not something you can catch, but you can catch human papillomavirus (HPV), which is seen to be a primary cause of cervical cancer. There is an HPV vaccine, which can help prevent catching HPV and getting cervical cancer, although the vaccine does not cure cervical cancer. Avoiding skin contact with someone with an HPV infection and keeping your number of sexual partners low can lower the risk of catching HPV.

  • ALarry E. Puls, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered on behalf of Greenville Health System

    The cancer itself is not contagious. But, and this is important, the cause of the cancer is highly contagious. The cause of the cancer is the Human Papillomavirus. Both men and women carry it. Vaccines are now approved and on the market for the prevention of some types of the virus that are responsible for cervical cancer.  

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