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Diseases » Molluscum contagiosum » Contagiousness

Is Molluscum contagiosum Contagious?

Transmission of Molluscum contagiosum from Person to Person

Molluscum contagiosum is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Molluscum contagiosum, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Molluscum contagiosum, can be transmitted:

  • from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.

Contagion summary:

Spread skin-to-skin or by saliva in children; or sexual activity in adults.

Contagiousness properties for Molluscum contagiosum:

  Contagious by sex?: Yes

  Contagious by vaginal sex?: Yes

  Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?: Yes, spread skin-to-skin in children.

  Contagious from saliva?: Yes, spread by saliva mainly in children.

About contagion and contagiousness:

Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Molluscum contagiosum is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness", "transmission" or "transmissability". Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.


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