Can a man with a vasectomy still get HPV?

by Rachel on August 10, 2011

My best friend has the cancer causing strain of HPV and she recently got involved with a new boyfriend, he had a vasectomy many years ago and says that it lessens his chances of getting it and that he isn’t worried about it but she is worried about passing it on to him and wanted help with this question to find out if it is true or not but I have looked at different web sites and can’t seem to find an answer for her. Anyone with experience in this?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

cheddar2007 August 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

Yes.. I dont think a vasectomy has anything to do with this.. All that does is prevent sperm from producing…. He still has a penis.

Stephen K August 10, 2011 at 1:33 am

No, a snip job only means he can’t father a child, but everything else remains in place. he is just as prone to get HPV as anyone else

chic August 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

yes he can still get it

tarnishedsilverheart August 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

HPV affects the skin tissue of the penis…anywhere that is genital.

A vasectomy would not prevent him from acquiring her HPV type or types. A vasectomy would not lessen his chances of acquiring HPV….some show men that have been circumcised may lessen may have less of a chance of acquiring HPV.

He will probably not develop any problems due to acquiring her high risk HPV types. Most men do not develop problems with the virus…he may never acquire warts. He may have already come in contact with the high risk HPV types she has…and has built immunity to these HPV types. There is also the possibility that he could share these high risk HPV types if he has sex with a new sex partner.

It is great that she explained her situation with this new guy….this shows she is confident and brave. He also must understand the risk…and feel that she is worth it.

Captain BuzzKill August 10, 2011 at 2:30 am

A vasectomy prevents fertilization, and nothing else.

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