How many males have HPV and does it eventually go away?

by Rachel on April 27, 2010

My doctor told me that 85% of girls aged 15 to 26 of HPV, but he has to say no slide show, that the figures for boys, how many people are there?

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JJ Bear April 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Guys can’t get HPV.

Andi April 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’m not sure of the statistics for males.
But I would just like to say that the previous poster is wrong.
Males can get HPV, and spread HPV.
You can get HPV in your mouth. It’s one of the most common reasons for head and neck cancers actually…

Dead Last April 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm

The posting above me is wrong and she should not be a nurse.
Yes many me do have it.
HPV rarly affects men they mainly spread it.
Also HPV does go away, it takes the immune system around 2 years.

ms jay April 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

HPV will never go away. Like the other guy said its remains dormant but it can stil lbe transfered to your partner. There is a vaccine for whichever one you dont have. the major ones are strains 6&11? Im notsure about 11 but i know 6 is genital warts, and 16&18 are the ones that cause cancer. Getting the vaccine wont help for existing cases but most people dont have all four strains and you can still be protected against the other 3. There are hundreds of strains they just have the vaccine for the most dangers/popular
HPV is very common in both men and women. It’s difficult to develop specific estimates for men, since large studies among males have not been done in the United States, and an FDA-approved HPV test for men is not available. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than half of American men will get HPV at some point in their lives.

tarnishedsilverheart April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm

The CDC tells us that 50% of sexual active people will be have a genital HPV type sometimes in their life.

Genital human papillomavirus (/pap pil LO ma VY rus/)(HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. At least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives.

i.A 2007 study performed in the US on over 2000 women aged 14-59 showed HPV prevalence to be 26.8% overall, with women aged 20-24 having the highest prevalence (44.8%).
ii.Age breakdown
?14-19 – 24.5%
?20-24 – 44.8%
?25-29 – 27.4%
?30-39 – 27.5%
?40-49 – 25.2%
?50-59 – 19.6%

We have just started studying HPV in men. There is no approved HPV DNA test for men. Men are usually diagnosed by visual of external genital warts. Both these tests used DNA studies

One published article in 2002 found the HPV DNA in men resembles those found in women.

A recent study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2008

Confirmed the same finding as the 2002 Danish ..Study Finds Similar HPV Rates in Men And Women.

Most HPV eventually do regress…in a couple of years…but we don’t know if the virus is still contagious…women and men have shown genital warts…years later…even in committed relationships…men and women have shown the infection after years with no sexual contact.

It is important to tell any new partners of your past HPV infection…and you can acquire new HPV types with a new sex partner. Visible genital warts are most often low risk HPV types but in 20 to 50% with low risk HPV types also carry a co-infection with high risk HPV types. They are 40 genital HPV types.

Genital HPV types are also found in the oral cavity and can be acquired through oral sex.

Gardasil was approved for use in the male…Gardasil only prevents 4 genital HPV types. The vaccine does not prevent HPV types you already have and does not treat the HPV types you have already acquire.

Of the 222 men in the study from Tucson and Tampa, Fla., who
acknowledged having had no prior sexual intercourse with other men,
nearly 25 percent were found to have an anal HPV infection. Of the men
with infections, 33.3 percent had at least one of 13 types that
eventually lead to cancer

Lily L April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Answering your question is problematic because there is no relaible way to test for an HPV infection in men. The studies on men usually have a lower percentage of men testing postiive (like 50%), but most people think that’s only because the test for men has many false negatives. The percentage of men with HPV is probably very similar to the percentage of women.

Within 2 years, HPV is usually reduced to indetectable levels in your body. Is it truely gone? No one really knows.

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