What is HPV?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI in Humans. With more than 100 strains of HPV, they can infect both males and females. In females, it can lead to malignant cervical cancer due to which there are many screening techniques available for women. However, the effect of HPV on men is not widely known.
How does HPV affect Men?
HPV can affect the skin surface to result in plantar warts on the foot. There are also some high-risk strains of HPV that can affect the genital areas of men, the mouth as well as the throat. These high-risk HPV strains are sexually transmitted by vaginal, anal and oral sex. Although most men infected with HPV rarely develop symptoms, it can result in genital warts and cancer in men as well.
The serious consequences of HPV Infection In Men
1. Mouth cancer
2. Oropharynx cancer (Throat Cancer)
3. Anal Cancer
4. Penile Cancer
Studies have demonstrated that HPV is an etiologic factor in the development of penile cancer, penile intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN), anal cancer, and anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN). The American Cancer Society estimated that approximately 1250 new cases of penile cancer would be diagnosed and 310 men would die of penile cancer in the United States in 2010