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Male Hpv Test
Are there tests to diagnose HPV for men? My girlfriend told me she has hpv. I don't have any symptoms, but am worried i might get it. How can I find out if I have hpv?
There : There isn't a standardized screening/ blood test for men. ...Read more
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are over 100 different types of HPV that causes warts in different areas of the body. HPV is incredibly common and almost all sexually active men and women get it during their lifetime. Most of the time HPV does not cause any symptoms or complications. However, A limited number of these HPV viruses are pathogenic and if not monitored carefully can be responsible for causing cervical and penile cancer. Some of these viruses have been ...Read more
Several reasons: There's little incentive for companies to make tests for men. Unlike women, in men HPV lesions (warts etc) usually are easy to see and diagnose, so lab test isn't needed. There is no point in testing men without lesions; up to half age 18-25 would be positive, with no treatment. Most such infections never cause disease and testing would not help prevention. Instead of testing, rely on vaccination! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally no test: Some doctors will test men, but it is rare. There's no need for your partner to be tested, though. If you hpv you can assume that he does too. Because men rarely (there are some exceptions) have hpv related cancers we don't worry too much about whether or not they have it. The hpv vaccine has recently been approved for boys, though, so if he's under 26 he shouls be able to get vaccinated. ...Read more
Not usually done: If the male has genital warts, then they can be biopsied, but this is rarely necessary. I don't know of any commercial testing available for men as far as testing the penis. I believe anal warts can be tested in a similar way that we test a cervix (thin prep pap with hpv testing). ...Read more
Human papillomavirus: Can we expect blood tests in the future? What about a cure even for hpv? Very curious.. (27yr old male)
No and no. Sorry!: No blood test for HPV is commercially available or expected soon. They are used in research but not accurate enough for patient care. Once a blood test is positive, it is positive for life, long after the infection is gone. True cure of HPV also is unlikely. Happily, the immune system clears almost all infections, and the large majority cause no disease, even the types with the high cancer risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a test that can be performed on men and in the mouth that can detect cancer causing strand of HPV with no symptoms?
Antibodies/exam: Your physician may be able to do a test that can identify if you have developed antibodies to the strain of the virus.An ENT may also be able to examine the back of your tongue & throat & identify areas where the germ may have activity. However, once you have it, it can stay forever & not necessarily always be visable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any blood tests in the world which can test for HPV (human papillomavirus) presence in men? Someone who insists on being diagnosed please.
No test for men: Currently there is no test for men to detect HPV. Some doctors may offer anal Pap smears for high risk men (men who have anal sex or is HIV positive). However, there is no blood test to detect HPV at the moment. If you are concerned with any symptoms, please see your doctor to be examined. ...Read more