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What are the potential consequences/complications of Human

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What are the potential consequences/complications of Human Pappiloma Virus (HPV) infections in adult men?

Hello Greg,
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Since how long is the infection?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I do not know when initially infected. discovered growths in crack of ass were warts caused by HPV and had those growths removed. I do not have any indications of any other warts present, however, I understand that they can also develop inside the body (for example inside the anus, lower GI tract). This is a concern for me and potentially for sexual partners as I am a gay male. What I wanted to know was what kind of damage can the HPV cause to adult males, other than warts? For example, can it cause cancer in males?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Well can you tell me what HPV does to adult males, and does it cause cancer in adult males?

Greetings Greg,

Cancer can be related to HPV in men (mouth, anus and back of throat / pharynx), but the incidence is quite low. So it is taken as more of a risk factor than a direct causative as most of these cancers have other reasons too. The human papilloma virus has more than 100 strains and only few have been associated with the cancer. So genital / anal warts due to HPV by many strains may not cause cancer. Please read this authentic CDC site;

Thus coming specifically in an individual scenario;

1) A gay male can transmit the HPV to the partners but the virus may not necessarily cause cancer. Some strains of virus do increase the risk of getting the cancer of anus, penis and pharynx.

2) The condom may prevent the spread of the virus but sometimes intimate skin contact can transmit the virus.

Please read the section, is there a test for HPV in men (above resource); it mentions that HPV can go away on its own in 1-2 years.

You may also consider vaccination of HPV; Please read the section:

Essential update: Current ACIP recommendations for human papillomavirus vaccination in adults

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