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Human papilloma virus in man

In most cases human papilloma virus in man does not cause any symptoms or health problems. On the whole, human papilloma virus may be associated with benign tumors called warts and cancerous tumors. Warts appear on the different parts of the body. Genital warts or condylomas are considered as one of the most prevalent sexually transmitted diseases. Common cancerous diseases induced by HPV in men are penile cancer and anal cancer. There are over 100 types of human papilloma virus, and the types that cause warts are not the same as the types that cause cancer. 

Typical signs of human papilloma virus in man are warts. They may grow on the face, hands, feet, arms and genital organs. Warts look like skin growths that may vary in size, shape and color. They usually appear within several weeks or months after the exposure to the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV-related anal cancer and penile cancer may not be accompanied by visible symptoms. However, in some cases, men with anal cancer have anal bleeding, discharge, itching, pain, swollen lymph nodes in the anal area. 

Human papilloma virus can be spread by any skin contact with an infected person. The most common way of transmission is sexual intercourse. Since human papilloma virus in man is usually asymptomatic, the majority of infected people spread it unknowingly. It is possible to reduce the risk of transmission by limiting the number of sexual partners and using a condom during sex. It should be noted that condoms can only lower the risk of infection, and not fully protect against human papilloma virus, since the virus may be present in the areas not covered by the condom. 

Generally, human papilloma virus (HPV) infection is equally spread among men and women. But for women this infection is more dangerous since it significantly increases the risk of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most frequent malignant diseases in women all over the world. This condition is a very important public health problem, and much attention is concentrated to develop special cervical cancer prevention programs. For this reason, in case of the diagnosis of human papilloma virus in man, it is strongly recommended that the female partner will also be examined for HPV.

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Dr. Joe Glickman, Jr., M.D.

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