HPV & Men

What is HPV?


HPV is the human papillomavirus (HPV). Some types of HPV infect genital and anal skin, and are sexually transmitted. It can also infect the mouth and throat. HPV is very common. Most sexually active people have HPV at some point in their lives. HPV infections are usually not harmful and do not result in symptoms [...]

What is HPV?2017-07-27T18:29:42-06:00

How do men get HPV?


You can get HPV by having sex with someone who is infected with HPV. This disease is spread easily through genital contact during anal and vaginal sex. HPV may also be spread through oral sex or other close skin-to-skin touching during sex. HPV can be spread even when an infected person has no visible signs [...]

How do men get HPV?2017-07-27T18:28:29-06:00

What are the symptoms of HPV?


Most men who get HPV never develop symptoms and the infection usually goes away completely by itself. However, if HPV does not go away, it can cause genital warts or certain kinds of cancer. See your healthcare provider if you have questions about anything new or unusual such as warts, or unusual growths, lumps, or [...]

What are the symptoms of HPV?2017-07-27T18:24:37-06:00

What are the health problems caused by HPV in men?


Most of the time HPV infections completely go away and don’t cause any health problems. However, if an infection does not go away on its own, it is possible to develop HPV symptoms months or years after getting infected. This makes it hard to know exactly when you became infected. Lasting HPV infection can cause [...]

What are the health problems caused by HPV in men?2017-07-27T18:26:32-06:00

Should I get tested?


Right now, HPV tests are not approved for use with men outside medical research studies. To examine men, healthcare providers sometimes take a very close look at the genital area. If you notice any changes to your genital skin, get checked out by your healthcare provider.

Should I get tested?2017-07-27T18:33:04-06:00

What are ways to reduce your risk for HPV?


Not having sex is the only way to prevent HPV. Since HPV is so common, even those who have had one partner can still get the virus. Using condoms correctly each time you have sex reduces the risk of getting sexually transmitted infections, and might offer some protection against HPV. Keep in mind that skin [...]

What are ways to reduce your risk for HPV?2017-07-27T18:12:30-06:00

Is the HPV vaccine safe?


The HPV vaccine is very safe and effective, with no serious side effects. The most common side effect is soreness in the arm. Studies show that the vaccine can protect men against genital warts and cancers. It is likely that this vaccine also protects men from other HPV-related cancers, like cancers of the penis and [...]

Is the HPV vaccine safe?2017-07-27T18:06:52-06:00

Where can I get more information about HPV?


Wyoming Resources The Wyoming Department of Health Communicable Disease Unit provides STD (including HPV) prevention and educational materials. If you are at risk for HPV, you are also at risk for other STDs. The Communicable Disease Unit provides vouchers for free laboratory testing and treatment at local public health and family planning clinics through our [...]

Where can I get more information about HPV?2017-07-27T18:31:17-06:00
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