How can a man be tested for HPV?

by Rachel on April 20, 2011

To be honest, I’m worried about HPV. I’m not in a relationship with anyone right now, but apparently you can get, not only cervical/uterine cancer from vaginal sex, but throat or mouth cancer through oral sex. Pretty scary, huh?

So can a man be tested for HPV? Any information on this would be very helpful.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

r2guy April 20, 2011 at 1:22 am

Yes. It was on tv the other day. There is now a test and a vacinne for men.

Mark Alister April 20, 2011 at 2:14 am

IMPOSSIBLE

tarnishedsilverheart April 20, 2011 at 2:59 am

There is no approved HPV test for the male. The only way a man can be diagnosed is if he has visible genital warts. Most men and women have the virus with no abnormal cell changes and no external genital warts. The only approved HPV test for the woman is in screen cervical cells only. There is no overall genital HPV test for either the male or the woman.
Is there a test for HPV in men?
Currently, there is no test to find HPV in men. The only approved HPV tests on the market are not useful for screening for HPV-related cancers or genital warts in men.
http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv-and-men.htm

The Gardasil HPV vaccine is approved to prevent genital wart HPV type 6 and 11 in men. They are about 40 genital HPV types in all. The vaccine does not prevent all genital HPV types.
In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.
http://www.gardasil.com/

Clarissa April 20, 2011 at 3:39 am

Swight voice: Fact – There is no test for men.

- There is no protection against HPV. The only protection is NO SEX! Once are exposed to someon that has it, a condom won’t protect you ever! Any Dr. will tell you this. Now, you can use a condom for oral sex just as long as your lips don’t slip and contact his unprotected genitals.

- 80% of the population has it since it NEVER goes away due to the fact it’s a virus.

- There are times where HPV is dormant. You know how people say it goes away within 2 years. The real fact is after two or so years the symptoms will subside but you still are infected with the virus. Like I mentioned before, there is NO cure.

- The best way to handle HPV is to get regular paps to keep an eye on it.

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