The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection. Most information available focuses on women, but HPV can also lead to problems for men. HPV can be contracted through oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse through skin contact.
Most men don’t show symptoms but could develop genital warts on the penis, testicles, anus, thighs or back of the throat. Most strains do not cause cancer. However, over 15000 men develop HPV-related cancers each year, which include anal, penile, or oropharyngeal cancer. Symptomatic men should be screened by a physician.
Male-male sexual contact, multiple sexual partners, or weakened immune systems are examples of increased risk of infection. Treatments exist for conditions caused by HPV, but not the infection itself, and don’t necessarily prevent transmission to sexual partners.
Vaccinations are recommended up to ages 21-26 depending on certain factors. A lot of sexually active adults will have HPV in their lifetime.
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HPV in Men: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment