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can I get the HPV or Herpes by sharing clothes like underwear or a bathing suit?

1.-If I wore a shared bathing suit with my underwear on but under the bathing suit, can I get HPV or herpes if a sick person wore used it hours or days before? could you explain me why?
2.-there are many contradictions on internet some people say that you can get HPV by fomites like soap, towels or dirty underwear but some other people say that is just a skin to skin virus, but what's the real truth? are there enoguh studies about that or people just doesn't know?
3.-How likely is HPV to be spread by fomites? Does the virus reduce or loose its infectivity by no having a human host?
4.-Could HPV or another STI's go through clothes and infect somene? maybe trying on tight clothes at the store or in my own situation...does my underwear under the bathing suit could have worked as a layer and protect me to avoid an infection? why?
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No published studies have ever proven that this can be passed via clothing or fomites. Some even suggest more than a one time occurrence of rigourous skin rubbing. Go to the CDC site and see what they say!

http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm
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