HPV in Men

HPV in Men

HPV in Men
Perhaps the most significant development in HPV research and treatment has been the recognition that infection with one of these viruses does not necessarily mean that there will be symptoms. Less than 50% of men with an HPV infection show any signs or symptoms. This is important because it means that physicians are screening for the virus more often and in more ways than before.

What Are The Signs and Symptoms of HPV in Men?
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause warts on the penis. Symptoms of HPV in men can be similar to symptoms of other STDs, such as:
• Painful urination
• Sores on the penis
• Itching and burning around your genitals

When Do HPV Symptoms Appear in Men?
HPV symptoms in men are often similar to those in women. The most common HPV-related health problems include genital warts and penile cancer, usually occurring within six months of infection. However, some men with an HPV infection never develop symptoms or health problems.

Men can be infected with a different type of HPV than women and have fewer or no visible signs or symptoms. But, if you notice any unusual health issues that you think could be caused by HPV, see your doctor for evaluation and testing.

Why HPV Should Be Taken Seriously
HPV is a virus that can infect your body through sexual contact. It's the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and has been linked to many health problems. HPV causes genital warts and may lead to cancer of the cervix, vulva, vagina, and anus if not detected early or treated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, making it more prevalent than HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B.

HPV is so prevalent because most people clear their bodies of an initial infection on their own. However, some strains remain dormant in your system for years before they cause any symptoms. There are over 100 different types of HPVs, but only a few cause genital warts, while others can lead to cancer if left untreated over time.

How To Reduce The Risk of HPV
• The HPV vaccine may be given to boys and men as early as 9 to 26 years old. If you have not been vaccinated, talk to your doctor about getting the vaccine.

• Use condoms during sex with a partner who doesn't have genital warts or another STD. Using latex condoms during vaginal and anal sex can help reduce your risk of getting genital warts or other STDs from an infected partner. Be sure to use a new condom every time you have sex, and use one free from tears or further damage.

If you have any concerns about HPV, it's essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment can help prevent serious health problems such as throat cancer or anus cancer later in life. It's also important to understand that there is no cure for HPV, especially when no symptoms are detected. Still, early detection and treatment will significantly reduce your risk of developing symptoms, or even cervical cancer.
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