HPV and common warts
General infections of HPV (not resulting in genital warts) are infections in the top layer of skin, normally spread through a tiny scratch.
You get warts from someone else who has warts. Most people will have at least one infection of a common wart at some point in their lives.
How are HPV common warts spread?
The spread of warts is the result of the rapid growth of cells in the outer layer of skin. If you develop a common wart, otherwise known as a skin wart, it means that you have come into contact with the virus, it may even take months for the wart to develop after exposure. You can get skin warts from shaking hands with someone who has a wart or various warts on their hands. It is also possible to contract the virus through touching inanimate objects that have been used by someone who has a wart, such as towels, razors and even shower floors.
It is important to note that you are more likely to contract general HPV when the virus or wart comes into contact with skin that is cut or damaged. This is the reason why men commonly have warts in their beards, spreading from the nicks of shaving and hence women have them in their legs.