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Anal warts without anal sex?

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Can a person be diagnosed with anal warts even if they’ve never had anal sex?

Anal warts are sometimes detected in those with no history of anal sex, but the exact route of transmission isn’t well defined. While most cases probably result from receptive anal intercourse, it’s possible that digital insertion poses a risk for HPV transmission. In terms of introducing HPV into the rectum via fingers, the risks may be more likely when warts are actually present at, or very near, the anus. The close proximity of a lesion (which is a reservoir of relatively large quantities of virus) may allow for the rectum to be exposed to infected skin cells by digital insertion, or perhaps through activities related to hygiene (such as wiping or cleaning). Also, perianal warts can develop from genital to anal contact without penetration, such as during sexual foreplay.