A new study by researchers from Indiana University's School of Medicine says that sex toys can harbor the cancer causing human papilloma virus (HPV). The researchers base their assumptions from a study where 12 women were given two vibrators each. Results indicate that nine of the participants tested positive for HPV. Furthermore, the virus was detected on at least one of the two vibrators given to each participant.
"Sex toys used between partners within the same sexual encounter have the potential for transmitting HPV," lead author Teresa Anderson stated in press statements. The researchers added that more data was needed to assess if an infection can be transmitted through sex toys.