If you have a wart on your testicles, it’s a symptom that you’re infected with the human papillomavirus or HPV. Genital warts caused by HPV appear in the moist areas of the genital region. And in men, they can be located on the penis, the scrotum, and the anus.
Characteristics of Genital Warts
HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and is highly contagious. Every sexually active person contracts it at some point in their life. There are 150 types of HPV, of which more than 40 types produce genital warts, which can also infect the mouth and throat.
They appear as a lump or a group of lumps similar to cauliflower. They are of rough texture and flesh color. They can be very small or larger, and there are also flat ones. In most cases, they are painless.
However, they don’t always appear, as there are people infected with the virus who do not show symptoms, and they might not even be aware they have HPV. Some signs indicating the possible presence of the warts are persistent itching in the genital area and slight bleeding during sexual intercourse.
Ways to Avoid Contracting
The only effective way to avoid contracting HPV is to practice sexual abstinence. We’ll share some practices that can help protect you, but it’s worth mentioning that they’re not 100% effective. The virus is transmitted by skin to skin contact, and no condom covers the entire area:
- Limit the number of sexual partners.
- Use latex or polyurethane condoms during vaginal, oral and anal sex.
- Alternatively, you could use female condoms during vaginal sex and barriers or oral protectors during oral sex.
- Avoid having intimate relations with an infected person.
The HPV vaccine also provides a form of protection. If administered correctly and in a timely manner, it can protect against various strains of the virus. Therefore, even if you’ve already been infected, it can protect you from another strain.
How Do I Know If I Have HPV?
At the moment, there isn’t a specific test for men that confirms the presence of the virus. However, specialists recommend that when the first symptoms of HPV appear, men should undergo screening for anal, penile or prostate cancer.
Certain men are more prone to contract the virus than others. This group includes:
- Those who have a weakened immune system, such as men who have had organ transplants.
- Men living with HIV.
- Men who practice receptive anal sex.
Although, in most cases, the different types of HPV disappear on their own, some strains of the virus cause different types of cancer. Generally, men do not contract any of these cancers.
The different possibilities are penile, anal, or oropharyngeal cancer. The latter can be located at the back of the throat, at the base of the tongue, and also in the tonsils.
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.