Both sexes can carry HPV, however, specialists affirm, based on statistics and studies, that men are the main carriers.
But, science also says that most people with an active sex life contract HPV at least once. This means that HPV can be contracted regardless of a person’s sex.
Why are men the main carriers of HPV?
It happens that most men infected with HPV do not present any symptomatic picture, which causes a greater spread of the virus. As they are unaware of the infection, they continue to have sexual relations, infecting their partners.
In the male population, HPV does not pose a great health risk. Normally, in men, the infection goes away on its own without leaving a trace.
Of course, there are cases where HPV ends up causing anal cancer for example, or genital warts. But, the consequences of this infection are more severe and common in women.
Is HPV detected faster in women?
It is easier to detect the virus in a woman than in a man, mainly because there is not yet a test that can be performed and determine the contagion in the male population.
For women there is one and it is the Pap test. But in addition to this, it should also be noted that the female population goes to more controls with gynecologists, than men with urologists.
Because of this, more cases of HPV are diagnosed in women than in men.
How do men contract HPV?
Men contract HPV through sexual intercourse with someone infected, whether anal, vaginal, or even oral.
The same happens in women, which is why the use of condoms is important, as they not only prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections like HPV. Although you should keep in mind that the condom does not protect 100%.
What symptoms do men with HPV present?
As we mentioned a few paragraphs ago, normally HPV infections go away on their own without causing health problems. However, there are exceptions and it is in these cases where the person can present:
- Genital warts: These are flesh-colored bumps that can appear around the genital area, such as the penis, scrotum, and anus. In the case of women, they can appear inside the vaginal canal.
- Some types of cancer: HPV can cause changes in cells, causing cancer over time, such as anal and oropharyngeal cancer in men. It can take up to 15 years for the person to realize that they have developed cancer.
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.