Can a male get an HPV test? And if so, how is it done?

by Rachel on April 16, 2011

Human papilloma virus

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purpleppleater25 April 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

generally no, for a woman to be tested she’s going to have a swab done during her pap…i read in some pamplet that it would be much more difficult to test for HPV in males, but they can carry it and they can pass it on to others….but the source below can tell you almost everything you would want to know about men and HPV

Mikki Sue71 April 16, 2011 at 3:05 am

I found this on line. I also heard that if you put vinegar on the penis, it will show where the HPV is. I have never tried that or know where I heard it.

“HPV tests may also be ordered on male subjects. An anal swab or brush specimen is used for testing.”

Gigi April 16, 2011 at 3:41 am

I went to the link suggested and came across this:
“The agency states that “there is no clear health benefit to knowing if men have this virus, since HPV is unlikely to affect their health and cannot be treated. For most men, there would be no need to treat HPV, even if treatment were available, since it usually goes away on its own.”
What an irresponsible statement on the part of a government agency no less! It’s misleading. No, the virus won’t affect the man’s health but what about his mental health, knowing he may be carrying one of the 3 strains that may cause cervical cancer? One which he will pass on to all of his partners?! One that may cause blindness in unborn children?
“It usually goes away on it’s own” refers to an outbreak not the virus-you have that for LIFE.

chris m April 16, 2011 at 4:37 am

there is not an HPV test for men. It shows up in a woman’s pap smear.

See topic of ‘Is there an HPV test for men? ‘

tarnishedsilverheart April 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

There is no approved HPV/DNA test for the male.

A male can have the vinegar wash done to see if he has small flat warts of the penis that may be difficult to see with the eyes. This test involves soaking gauze in vinegar then wrapping the gauze around the penis leaving it on a minute or two then having the doc examine the penis with a magnification source. This test only shows warts or flat warts and will not show if you carry the virus with no clinical signs. Many men and women carry the virus with no clinical signs such as warts or lesions of the cervix.

Many studies are being done in clinical trails for the male…some use swabbing and scrapping of the penis.

Pearl Wagoner April 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

YES go to this site and read :http://www.hawaii.edu/hpv/male/index.html

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