|Yes, men with HPV can be helped too! |
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection worldwide, and while there is plenty of information on the HPV virus for women, less is known about HPV infection in men. With more than 40 types of HPV, men are susceptible to all strains that women are, through sexual contact.
Most men with HPV, and especially those with a strong immune system, may never show symptoms of HPV, or develop health problems from it. But certain types of HPV can cause genital warts, while other high risk strains can develop into penile, anal, or oropharynx cancer (back of the throat, tongue and tonsils).
The latter was made famous by actor Michael Douglas, when he reported to have oral cancer from HPV. There is no current test recommended for men with HPV, and therefore regular health check-ups are important. Some health care providers will screen men at risk for anal cancer by performing an anal pap test.
Aside from abstaining from sex, practicing safe sex measures is a way to prevent the transmission of HPV. You can also be proactive and be cautious of any abnormalities on your penis, scrotum, or around the anus. See your doctor if you find warts, blisters, sores, ulcers, white patches, or other abnormal lesions for a checkup.
Although there is no cure for HPV, there are ways to strengthen your immune system to prevent outbreaks and the progression of the virus.
The team at Papillex suggests a few ways for men to help strengthen their immune system when concerned with HPV:
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|Government of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada. “Institutional links.” Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Men: Questions and Answers – Sexual Health & STI – Public Health Agency of Canada. N.p., 07 June 2012. Accessed: 22 July 2017. Source |