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Can homosexual partners get human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine
HPV is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected partner, regardless of gender. HPV transmission does occur in women who have sex with women, although documentation is limited (due to many studies including women who have bisexual as well as homosexual contacts). HPV can be contracted through receiving anal intercourse.
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Yes, both lesbians and gays can get HPV infections.  It is important to be screened for these cancers regardless of your sexual orientation.

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