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How do women get human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Genital HPV is passed by skin-to-skin and genital contact. It is most often passed during vaginal and anal sex. Although much less common, it is possible to pass HPV during oral sex or hand to genital contact.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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