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Can genital warts be spread through oral sex?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease, which means they can be spread through any type of sex, including oral sex. The infection is caused by a virus (the human papillomavirus, or HPV) that is spread from person to person through skin contact. That means that any kind of sex - vaginal intercourse, anal sex, and oral sex - can spread genital warts. Genital warts cause growths that form most commonly on the genitals and in the anus, but if a person has oral sex with an infected person, warts may develop in the throat and mouth.

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