Ok.. This one is for ALL the good male members of the group! You cant talk about women’s health without a worthy mention of men’s health
Topic: HPV Infection in Men: Emphasis on Genital Warts
HPV is a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. It can be contracted during unprotected sexual intercourse. HPV is a silent and potentially deadly virus and is common, or example in the US, more than half of men who are sexually active will have HPV at some time in their life. However, please note, carefully in some men, this virus will clear on his own, with no health problems.
What are the risks of HPV Infection in Men
Some forms of HPV infection are associated with genital cancers and the anus . Both of these cancer types are rare, especially in men with a healthy immune system.
Please note, the risk of anal cancer is about 17 times higher in sexually active gay and bisexual men than in men who have sex only with women. Also, in men with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), they are also at higher risk of getting this cancer.
What are the Symptoms of HPV in Men
• It can present with no symptoms, especially the types that can cause cancer.
• Genital warts are the first symptom you may see with low-risk HPV strains that cause warts but not cancer.
What is the treatment Genital Warts?
Generally, warts in men can be treated with
• Prescription creams at home.
• Surgically remove
• Freeze off the warts.
Please note, early treatment of warts is discouraged by some doctors because genital warts can go away on their own. It can also take time for all warts to appear. So a person who treats warts as soon as they appear may need another treatment later on.
Can Vaccines Prevent HPV and Warts
In 2009, a unique HPV vaccine was approved for boys and men ages 9 to 26 years. This vaccine is called Gardasil and was formerly approved for use in females in 2006. This vaccine can prevent genital warts caused by two HPV strains: HPV 6 and HPV 11. In late 2010, Gardasil was also approved for the prevention of anal cancer.
Have sex responsibly, practice safe sex!
Dr. Chudi Godsons
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