What are the health risks of human papillomavirus (HPV) in men?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
For men, exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) seems to have little effect, except that exposure is related to rare bladder tumors and rare penile cancers. Men who have been exposed should be sure not to dismiss early warning signs of bladder cancer, such as small amounts of blood in the urine, and should get urine tests. In addition, men who have been exposed can get chronic infections from the virus that are discomforting or that age the arteries. Men who have been exposed can also transmit the virus to their partners, and they can develop growths or warts, sometimes inside the urethra, that cause discomfort.

Recent studies show that the virus may be implicated in some anal and rectal cancers, as well as some oral cancers.
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