Can Cervical Disease Be Contagious?
Good night, 2 weeks ago I was hospitalized in one of the hospitals to undergo a polyp surgery program, by chance I got a class 1 room containing 2 patients in one room. My roommate is an elderly mother who is undergoing cervical radiation and chemo. In one room there is only 1 bathroom that is shared. The question is whether transmission of cervical disease can occur when we use the same bathroom and the same room? Honestly, I became parno because my mother warned me to continue using running water when cleaning the vaginal area after urinating or defecating.
Good morning Dyah, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
Based on the story you are telling, it's likely that the patient in the same room as you is a cervical cancer sufferer.
Basically, cervical cancer is a disease that arises due to genetic mutations of cells in the cervix where these mutations are generally triggered by infection with the HPV virus (Human Papilloma Virus), but can also be triggered by smoking habit.
HPV virus infection in general can be transmitted from one person to another through direct contact that is generally through sexual contact, both sexual intercourse carried out through the vagina or through the anus (anal). Very rarely transmission occurs through the use of tools that are used together, including the use of the bathroom as in your story. If no direct contact occurs, then the possibility of transmission is very small. This infection can also be prevented by avoiding multiple partners for sexual intercourse, HPV vaccination and the use of condoms during sexual intercourse.
Although a viral infection that is likely to cause the condition of cervical cancer experienced by patients who share a ward with you will not be transmitted through the use of the same bathroom, the advice given by your mother still has a point, by cleaning the area of the vagina with running water this can helps eliminate bacteria that allow infection in the vagina that can cause vaginal discharge or in the urinary tract that can cause urinary tract infections. But keep in mind also that after cleaning the vagina by using water, make sure to always keep it dry to prevent infection due to fungi in the vaginal area.
You can also read more about cervical cancer at the following link.
I hope this helps.