Research Suggests HPV Not Just Sexually-Transmitted 8/3/2007- Conservative lobbying efforts against the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine may be undermined by recent a University of Wisconsin study suggesting that sex is not the only way to contract HPV. Laura Koutsky and colleagues have detected HPV under the fingernails of young men, according to a Seattle-Post Intelligencer report, meaning that HPV may not be exclusively transmitted through sexual activity. HPV is already a significant problem among women. Eighty percent will acquire the cervical-cancer causing virus by the age of 50, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Many still oppose the distribution of HPV vaccines, however. They argue that young girls are more likely to engage in sexual activity if they are immunized against HPV. Such arguments will hold less water if HPV is proven to have routes of transmission other than sexual activity. "Basically, it's not just about sex," said Koutsky. "You have to know how people get [HPV] in order to prevent it." Koutsky told the Seattle-Post Intelligencer that while there is no evidence that HPV can be passed through a handshake, her findings might explain why HPV can be found among young girls who have not engaged in sexual activity. wow. it's seems to always be something new with HPV. this is so scary.