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How Does a Man Know if He Has HPV?

Before diving into answering the various questions we will address in this article, it’s important to mention that, in many cases, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is asymptomatic.

This means that the virus does not present symptoms, unlike what may happen with other viruses or sexually transmitted diseases. In other scenarios, the virus can indeed manifest itself through the appearance of warts either on the genitals, the anus, the mouth, or even other areas of the body.

While this last point is relevant for determining a possible case of HPV in an individual, it’s worth knowing other interesting facts about the behavior of this virus with the aim of providing you with a clearer overview of the topic.

Therefore, here I will give you my impressions based on my extensive experience treating people with HPV.

Who is the main carrier of the human papillomavirus?

Man and woman on a date.

While the Human Papillomavirus is known as the most common sexually transmitted disease today, and indeed many will or have contracted it without even realizing it, it is mostly found in men who have already become sexually active.

This factor makes men the main carriers of human papillomavirus, who in turn transmit the virus either to their same-sex partner or to women, who can even develop anything from warts to cervical cancer.

Regarding the consequences of the Human Papillomavirus, it’s necessary to emphasize that, although in most men such cases are asymptomatic until the immune system eliminates the virus, this does not mean that they cannot develop penile cancer if they do not undergo the checks and other studies required by the doctor in order to reduce the risk percentage.

How long does the human papillomavirus last in men?

Scared man.

If a man’s immune system is strong (for which you should work on it), the human papillomavirus could last 2 years.

Within this topic, it is necessary to highlight that there will be cases in which the Human Papillomavirus is not effectively eliminated from the body…

…especially if the person who suffers from it has already had a history with other diseases that compromise the body’s defenses such as HIV.

The same can happen in individuals with an unhealthy lifestyle or high levels of stress.

These individuals may have their ability to successfully combat this virus compromised within the previously mentioned timeframe.

This is where the importance of leading a healthy life to cure HPV arises (click here to learn more about this).

You can lead a healthy life by…

  • engaging in physical activities,
  • aiming for a balanced diet,
  • and of course, avoiding promiscuity in order to reduce the risk of contracting HPV and significantly strengthening your defenses.

How does a man acquire the human papillomavirus?

Couple in bed

The way the Human Papillomavirus is transmitted is solely and exclusively through sexual relations, whether they are vaginal, oral or anal.

Therefore, despite what some myths say about this virus, the chances of contracting it are extremely slim outside of the scenario already mentioned.

To have a broader understanding of how the Human Papillomavirus is contracted…

…it’s good to know that it is transmitted during the exchange of genital fluids, this being the main conductor or mode of entry into the body.

Given that this virus is asymptomatic in most cases, partners will infect each other without realizing this situation, unless the relevant laboratory tests indicated by the doctor are performed.

Among some of the most popular myths about HPV transmission outside of sexual intercourse are:

  • using toilets in public bathrooms,
  • simple contact with clothing or objects already used by a person suffering from this virus,
  • and another quite common one: a tender kiss from a person who suffers from it.

It goes without saying that contracting HPV in these scenarios is very unlikely and, in fact, science has not been able to confirm it to date.

How is the human papillomavirus eliminated in men?

Healthy foods

The Human Papillomavirus in men is eliminated by strengthening the immune system. This is achieved with a diet that boosts your defenses.

Among some of the foods recommended to eliminate the Human Papillomavirus are:

  • vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage
  • fungi like mushrooms
  • and citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, and tangerines.

As for foods that serve to strengthen defenses, certain seafoods are also found such as:

  • crab,
  • mussels,
  • clams,
  • and lobster.

These generally contain large amounts of zinc, which keeps the cells that make up the immune system functioning correctly.

In conclusion, the previously mentioned foods will significantly boost your defenses due to their content in vitamins A, B, C, and other vital components such as antioxidants and fiber.

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.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!


Medically reviewed by Dr. John Wellington. Dr. John Wellington is a board-certified physician specializing in urology. With over 15 years of experience, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge through a popular health blog. Dr. Wellington holds an MD from Ivy League University and is a member of prestigious medical associations.

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