The uniqueness of HPV 6 and 11 is that they are quite often the cause of warts in the anogenital region. And although these lesions usually cause discomfort due to their location, they’re often not associated with the development of cancer.
The Human Papillomavirus has many varieties, some cause venereal warts, also called external genital warts, as can be classified with versions HPV 6 and 11. While other strains can cause internal warts.
How does HPV 6 and HPV 11 spread?
Bear in mind that HPV 6 and 11 in men can be contagious, whether the person is asymptomatic or not. And the main form of transmission occurs from sexual contact between someone with the virus and a seemingly healthy person.
Many people can go years with HPV without being aware of this disease. Since not in all cases does it cause symptoms, and in other cases these are very imperceptible.
For instance, anogenital lesions can be very small, thus being less perceived by the affected people. This is how men and women could carry the virus without knowing it, thus increasing the risk of infecting others.
How to know if I have HPV 6 or HPV 11?
For a clear diagnosis of the lesions, the best thing is to undergo a medical test. It’s a method of hybrid capture by PCR, which allows deciphering the DNA of the strain and determining which variant it is. And for the purpose of preventing more critical risks, such as the development of cancer.
It is best for the urologist to perform an evaluation known as peniscopy, a thorough examination that assesses the condition of areas such as the scrotum or inguinal folds.
Thanks to this, the specialist can timely determine lesions that could generate cellular changes. Although neither HPV 6 nor HPV 11 are considered of high risk, it is important for a doctor to examine and share their determinations.
How to treat HPV lesions?
In men, HPV 6 and 11 can cause lesions in the anus or on the penis, and it is important to treat the warts.
For this, there are a variety of treatments, which range from the application of topical treatments such as salicylic acid to performing small surgeries to remove the affected tissue.
There are also procedures such as cryotherapy, which involves eliminating the warts by freezing the affected tissue. In men, procedures such as circumcision can also arise in these cases.
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!
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.