Sunday, February 13, 2011

HPV in Men: Is It a Health Concern?

The word HPV stands for Human papilloma virus. It is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted disease. There are more than 100 types of HPV and each of them are capable of causing abnormal growth in different body parts such as  genital warts, common warts, plantar warts etc. Now the question is should we care about HPV in men! Health burden related to HPV is not equal in male and female; and as a result of this, we often get a lot of questions about HPV in men!
Even though they are a matter of concern from health prospective, not all of them are not equally lethal. In general, most people remain asymptomatic and are not aware of this infection unless they develop warts or other health related issues. The incidence of HPV related health problems are much higher in women and this is the main reason why HPV infection requires attention in women. Just keep in mind that warts producing HPV are not the same virus that causes cancer. Hence, information about sub type of HPV is more important than overall HPV status.

I just wanted to share a good news with you that if you are a healthy individual, your immune system will fight against this virus to eliminate it from your body. It may take up to 2 years for your body to completely remove this virus from your system.

Due to benign nature of HPV in men and low incidence of major health issues, HPV testing is limited to research purpose, and currently no tests are commercially available in the market to check HPV status. However, there are several measures including a vaccination that can be taken to minimize HPV transmission. You can read more about it from this link, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the detailed info on HPV! good to know ! thanks Lisa Mens Health