In most cases, genital warts caused by HPV in men appear on the scrotum, around the penis or anus, and also on the thighs.
Their appearance can vary, as they have different characteristics. In some cases, they disappear on their own, while others remain the same or grow larger.
What do genital warts in men look like?
Generally, the doctor can diagnose them just by looking at them. Primarily, they affect the moist areas of the genitals and their appearance can vary.
HPV warts in men look like small, flesh-colored or white lumps, flat in shape or clustered together like cauliflower. Some are so small that they go unnoticed. They can sometimes cause itching and usually do not hurt.
However, not all lumps that appear in the genital area are warts. Other infectious diseases can produce bumps that turn out to be similar to a wart. If you have any doubts, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
How long do they take to appear?
If you had sex with someone who has HPV, genital warts can appear a few weeks, months, or even years later. Another possibility is that they never show up at all.
You may also have a case where warts appear once, disappear and never reappear. Or after disappearing, they reappear after a while.
Likewise, if you have HPV and have no symptoms, this does not imply that the same will occur if you transmit it to another individual. That is, if you pass it on to another person, that person may get genital warts.
The doctor can confirm if you have HPV
As we already know, a man can be infected with the virus and be asymptomatic. Therefore, he is a carrier and transmitter of the virus to his sexual partners throughout his life without knowing it.
The doctor can confirm that you are infected through laboratory tests to identify the virus DNA. Also, the urologist may recommend performing a penoscopy.
In this study, the professional carefully examines the foreskin, the frenulum, the glans, the pubis, the scrotum, the inguinal folds, and very carefully, the urinary meatus at the tip of the penis.
Additionally, the urologist can perform endoscopic examinations to diagnose the virus in the bladder, prostate, and urethra.
This can reduce the likelihood of the virus in the male genital area and thus minimize the possibility of penile cancer.
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of infection
- Age is a significant risk factor. As age increases, the risk of contracting the virus decreases. This is directly related to the fact that people under 40, generally, are those who engage in more sexual activity. Likewise, an early onset of sexual activity increases the risk of infection.
- Having multiple sexual partners.
- Having sexual contact with a person considered high risk (men who have sex with women involved in prostitution).
It is worth mentioning that circumcised men are less likely to contract the virus.
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. 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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