There isn’t a specific blood test that can tell you whether you have HPV or not, for both men and women. It is recommended to have regular medical check-ups or to see a specialist if any symptoms arise.
Doctors, through visual examination and medical history, will determine if there are lesions caused by HPV or suspect the presence of the virus.
Depending on the evaluation, the doctor in the case of women will indicate a screening test, which can be: primary HPV test, co-test, or Pap smear.
HPV and Pap smear tests are not performed through blood analysis. The doctor takes a sample of cells from the cervix and sends it to the lab for processing.
The sample is taken from this area as it is a sensitive spot where HPV often causes changes in cells. The HPV test detects high-risk cervical virus infection, which are the ones that can lead to cancer.
You have the option of having just the primary HPV test or getting the Pap smear at the same time. The latter helps determine abnormal cells in the cervix caused by the virus, which can be precancerous, cancerous lesions, or other conditions.
Don’t think that an abnormal result in the Pap smear test is synonymous with cancer. In many cases, you will only need treatment and follow-up on the lesion.
For other parts of the body that are not the cervix, there is also no blood test or any approved method to determine the presence of the virus. It can only be determined by visual examination if there are lesions or warts.
Remember that once you contract HPV, the virus tends to remain active in the body for months and usually self-eliminates in a few years, or gets activated due to immune system changes.
When there are genital warts, the doctor doesn’t need to perform any tests, since genital warts are only caused by HPV. This is how HPV can be detected in men.
Don’t forget to get your routine tests periodically. Depending on your age and medical history, it could be every 3 or 5 years. It will help prevent cervical cancer (if you’re a woman) and other complications due to HPV.
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Frequently asked questions
How do doctors diagnose HPV in males?
The only way to diagnose HPV in men is through a visual examination. If you have genital warts or warts in other parts of the body, then you have the virus. Antibody tests can also be performed for a particular strain of HPV.
How does HPV look like on a man?
HPV, in both men and women, causes warts if the HPV strain is low-risk. This is what HPV would look like in men. If the strain is high-risk, it won’t produce any symptoms (high-risk strains are those that can cause cancer).
Can HPV in males be cured?
If you are a man, you can permanently cure HPV by following a diet predominantly composed of foods high in antioxidants and vitamins.
How long does it take for HPV to show up in men?
If you have been infected with a low-risk strain of HPV (those that produce symptoms like genital warts), there’s no set time for symptoms to appear. Symptoms can show up within the first few weeks, the first few months, or you may never have symptoms at all.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.