HPV in Men

Most sexually active men will have HPV (human papilloma virus) at some time in their lives. There are more than 40 different kinds of HPV that can develop papillomas or warts, thus the term genital warts.  The infection in men appears on the genital areas including on the penis, scrotum, anus and/or surrounding skin. Genital Warts Pictures

HPV in MenMost literature on HPV and women addresses the concern for the development of cervical cancer with a high risk form of genital warts. For men, some types of HPV can cause penile or anal cancer, while rare, it’s important to see your doctor. If you have a partner, it’s important to be treated to not infect or re-infect your partner.

Gay and bisexual men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men. And men with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and weak immune systems are more likely than other men to develop severe cases of genital warts that are difficult to treat, or that may develop into anal cancer.

Most men who contract HPV will never develop any symptoms. If you are healthy and have a healthy immune system, the body will fight the virus on its own. However, as stated, some types will manifest in the form of genital warts.

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Genital Wart Signs and Symptoms in Men:

* One or more growths on the penis, testicles, groin, thighs, or anus – See genital warts pictures.
* Penile warts will cause itching
* Anal warts will cause itching and possible pain during bowel movements
* Anal warts can cause bleeding during bowel movements

Bleeding is always a cause for concern and you should see your doctor.