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I (male) had a condom break a couple times with a girl who had HPV in August 2017.Can I get reliably tested for HPV as a male?
Should I tell my sexual partners about this?
Anything else I should know?
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Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love.

No, there is no reliable test for HPV in a male. Even in females, HPV testing is only reliable in specific locations, such as the cervix. In a male with no symptoms, it is impossible to know which area of skin to swab for testing. In research settings, there are some advanced (and costly) methods to perform limited testing, but it is not really available for clinical use.

You do not need to tell sexual partners about this, but mainly because HPV is so common. The best estimates indicate that over 90% of people that have had multiple sexual partners have been infected with HPV at some point. In the vast majority of cases, the immune system is able to eradicate the virus, but because of the limitation in testing, it cannot be said which people have persistent HPV. So, every time that anyone has a sexual encounter with a new sexual partner that was previously sexually active, the odds are great that the new sexual partner was previously infected with HPV and may still be infected with HPV. Consequently, you are no different than anyone else, and there is no need to inform sexual partners of that.

If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.

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