How does human papillomavirus (HPV) affect men?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fifty-three percent of heterosexual men have evidence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection -- in their anogenital region. This is similar to the 57% of men who have sex with men with HPV. Plus, some new research actually shows that men may not actually clear the HPV virus at the same level that women generally do. In one study, men were found to be more likely to take longer to clear the HPV virus than women, which could place women at a high risk of contracting the disease from men who were just not able to clear the virus.
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HPV is as common in men as in women. HPV rarely causes severe health problems in men. But it can lead to anal cancer in men who have sex with men. There is no test for HPV in men.
This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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