Genital Warts in Men
HPV in Men
While most of the conversations surrounding HPV are associated with the virus’s impact on women, men are also at risk, and since any man who is sexually active can potentially acquire a strain of HVP resulting in genital warts, it’s important to include men in the conversation about genital warts and the HPV virus.
Because it usually has no signs or symptoms, many of those who do come into contact with the HPV, virus are completely in the dark about it, so it is easy to spread it to others without knowing.
There are more than 100 different strains of HPV, but only a third of those strains are associated with genital warts.And of those who contract one of the HPV viruses linked to genital warts, only about 5 percent will actually develop growths.
Genital warts and HPV in men
Genital warts are a less common symptom of HPV for men than for women, but they still turn up now and then. Genital warts usually appear on the shaft of the penis, and they can in some cases be so small that they go completely unnoticed.
Genital Warts In Men According To The Experts:
- In about half of all cases, genital warts appear on the shaft of the penis, usually just below the foreskin.
- In one out of three cases, genital warts are found around the anus.
- In one out of 10 cases, men will experience warts on the head of the penis.
- In one of 10 cases, genital warts will appear inside the urethra.
- In a smaller number of cases, one out of 12, warts will appear beneath the foreskin, especially in men who are uncircumcised.
- In a small number of cases, warts will develop between the anus and the scrotum.
- Occasionally, warts will be found on the scrotum.
While most genital warts will cause no physical problems – except in the case of those found inside the urethra or anus, which can cause pain or discomfort – they can absolutely be an embarrassment, especially for a man who is sexually active.
What causes genital warts in men?
Genital warts are caused by particular strains of the HPV virus, which is highly contagious and considered the most common of all sexually transmitted diseases.
It is spread through both vaginal and anal sex, and although those who are recipients of anal sex are more likely to develop genital warts in that region, those who do not engage in anal sex can also develop anal warts.
Symptoms can take as long as 12 months to appear, so men with genital HPV infections often have no idea they are contagious during the incubation period before symptoms develop.
Too, if growths do occur, they might not attract attention from either you or your sexual partner, even if they appear on other areas of the body, such as the inner thighs.
How is HVP diagnosed?
If you notice during a visual inspection of your penis or scrotum that you might have genital warts – or have had sex with a partner who has HPV or genital warts - it’s important to visit a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.
The growths you believe to be genital warts associated with HPV could be an allergic reaction, another sexually transmitted disease or something else entirely, and you can’t properly treat genital warts without a positive diagnosis.
What are the risk factors for men with HPV?
While the risk of cervical cancer is often mentioned in women with HPV, the strains of HVP associated with cervical cancer are also associated with cancer in men, although the risks are lower for men than for women.
Cancers that can potentially develop in men with HPV – not the strains associated with genital warts, however – include anal and penile cancers, although both cancer of the penis and cancer of the anus are extremely rare.
Anal cancer is a higher risk for those who develop HPV after receiving anal sex, and is higher in men with HIV, since their immune systems are compromised.
Preventing genital warts in men
In order to prevent HPV and the genital warts associated with some strains of the virus, it’s important to use protection during sexual intercourse, and if you are having unprotected sex with either women or men and are not in a monogamous relationship, stop.
Using a condom can greatly reduce the chances of developing HPV, but because warts caused by the virus can be located on skin not covered by the condom – and because HPV is contagious even when warts are not present – a condom won’t offer 100 percent protection.
Only abstinence or establishing a monogamous relationship with someone who is also monogamous will prevent HPV strains that cause genital warts as well as other sexually transmitted diseases.
Tyginta treats genital warts in two ways
Although treatments for genital warts – including Tyginta – do not eliminate the HPV virus, they can remove the warts, restoring your sexual self-confidence. And as it works to eradicate existing warts, Tyginta has the potential to stimulate your body’s immune response, helping to control the infection and prevent future outbreaks.
Tyginta combines two powerful ingredients for warts, tinctures of both arborvitae and celandine. The two work together to tackle warts, targeting both the wart and the skin beneath it, encouraging healthy skin growth while eradicating the unsightly, embarrassing growths.
It is easy to use – Tyginta is applied with a brush directly on the site of the wart – and is can be used in the privacy of your own home.
It also does what many other treatment options don’t, Tyginta penetrates deeply below the skin’s surface to reach the root, attacking the wart at its core.
Men with more than one sex partner — or whose partners have more than one sex partner — should have regular exams for STDs, including genital warts.