I have HPV and pre-cancerous cells, should my boyfriend be going to the doctor?

by Rachel on August 29, 2011

I know men can not be tested for HPV, but should he be tested for cancer?

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Ender August 29, 2011 at 6:30 am

only if u think its contagious

Lily L August 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

There is actually a way to test men. They cover his genitals in a mild vinegar solution to make abnormalities appear white. Then they can biopsy anything suspicious. This test isn’t commonly done because it’s not really a reliable way to tell if a guy has HPV. Many men with HPV will not show evidence of it on this test. It is however, a very reliable way to tell if HPV is causing him problems. It’s a good way to look for abnormalities that might lead to cancer.

Still, It’s rare for the cancer causing type of HPV to affect men. He could go to the doctor and ask for this test now, but most likely they will tell him it’s unnecessary. He really only needs to go to the doctor if he notices strange things happening to his genitals . . . like bumps, a lot of itchiness, or a change in skin color.

Good luck!

Natasha August 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

There is currently no FDA-approved test to detect HPV in men. That is because an effective, reliable way to collect a sample of male genital skin cells, which would allow detection of HPV, has yet to be developed. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises men that they don’t need to be worried about the lack of an HPV test for them. 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.

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