Men can get Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that most sexually active people in the United States will contract at some stage in their lives.
There are more than 100 variations of the virus, and at least 40 of these are transmitted through sexual contact.
It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, with about 20 million people being infected.
And thanks to today’s dating culture it seems this number will only go up. With easy access to dating apps and social networking sites, it’s become easier than ever to meet potential sexual partners.
Many people don’t even realize they have HPV (and subsequently don’t realize they’re passing it on) as usually there are no noticeable symptoms.
Low-risk HPV can cause genital warts, but this isn’t always the case. There is no cure for HPV, but there are treatment options and for some lucky people it can sometimes just go away on its own.
Women are encouraged to get the HPV vaccine as well as regular pap smears as some types of HPV can cause life threatening cervical cancer.
HPV is as common in men as it is in women, but men are actually three times more likely to develop cancer from HPV than women.
Men can develop oral, neck and head cancers as a result of the infection, as well as cancer of the throat, penis and anus.
This is incredibly concerning as there is currently no screening for HPV for men, so the infection, and potentially resulting cancer, can go completely undetected altogether.
Gay and bisexual men, and men with weakened-immune systems from HIV are much more likely to develop cancer from HPV than straight men.
It’s recommended that preteen boys between the ages of 11 and 12 years should receive the HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts and anal cancer.
Yearly anal cancer screening for gay, bisexual, and HIV-positive men is also recommended by health experts to try catch the cancer in it’s early stages.
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