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Oral HPV transmission

Hello Dr, hope you're having great holidays first of all.
I'll keep my question as brief as possible:
Let's assume someone might have oral HPV. If their fork touches a spoon that another person is eating from, how likely is it that the other person will get oral HPV as well? Is it that easy to transmit oral HPV or that would be a far-fetched scenario?
I suspect I might have oral HPV and I keep worrying about sharing utensils to the point that it is kinda becoming obsessive-compulsive and I am worried for my family.
I know there have been studies supporting the fact that besides oral sex, oral HPV can also be transmitted by open-mouth kissing. But could it be highly likely to be transmitted through eating utensils or other casual contact or it usually requires a heavier or more repeated viral exposure for infection to happen?
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Hello,
Thank you for your post.
I do not believe that this should be a matter of concern as HPV is not transmitted that way, certainly not when coming into contact with an inert object, like a fork.  Transmission is through skin to skin contact, mainly ganital, or genital to oral.
Best wishes,
Dr José
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Just an additional comment: there are no warts inside my mouth, i just suspect a low risk asymptomatic infection because i had a filiform wart on the outer skin below my lower lip which was burned by my dermatologist so it could or could not have transmitted the HPV to inside my mouth. Just wanted to make that clear. That being said, i go back to the main question in my first comment above regarding transmission. Thank you very much.
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