Condyloma / HPV (Genital Warts)
What are Genital Warts?
- Genital warts are bumps/warts that occur in the genital area that are caused by the virus called HPV. HPV stands for the human papilloma virus.
How do you get Genital Warts/HPV?
- A guy gets genital warts/HPV from having unprotected sex with a partner that is infected with HPV.
How do I know if I have Genital warts/HPV?
- For a guy this is slightly complicated. Some strains of HPV cause visible warts. Some strains of HPV do not cause anything that a guy can see or feel. The strains that we cannot see can cause cervical cancer (women), penile cancer (men), and anal cancer (both).
How do I get tested for HPV?
- There is NOT A TEST for males that can tell them if they are infected with HPV.
- Your doctor can exam you to tell if you have visible warts, but cannot tell you if you have the strains of HPV that do not cause visible warts.
Is it curable?
- It is treatable, but we do not have a cure. Most of the treatments help your body to fight it off.
HPV Vaccine for males
- As of 2008, the HPV vaccine is not FDA-approved for males; it is only approved for females. In the next couple of years, there is a chance that it may be approved for males as well.
- The current HPV vaccine has the potential to offer protection to males against penile cancer and anal cancer, as well as protection against the strains that cause genital warts.
- If you have any questions about getting the HPV vaccine for males, please speak to your doctor or come and speak with a doctor at the Young Men's Clinic.