As of now, there are currently no approved HPV tests for men.To combat this, males have to rely on preventive measures using safe sex and to steadily watch out for signs and symptoms, if any.
Signs and Symptoms of HPV
The body’s immune system is more than capable of combating an HPV infection so long as no warts have appeared. When warts do appear, their appearance and effects depend on the type of HPV affecting the patient.
There are several types of warts that may be identified, each having different manifestation on the body.
Common warts appear as rough, raised, and coarse bumps that usually appear on a patient’s hands, fingers, or limbs. In the majority of cases, common warts are nothing to worry about. However, there are cases wherein patients report common warts causing pain. These are also susceptible to injury and bleeding.
Usually seen as rough-surfaced lesions, genital warts also appear as small, cauliflower-ish lesions or finger-like protrusions that may seen in the anogenital area. For women, these warts usually appear on or near the vulva, and sometimes, the anus. For males, genital warts can appear on the penis, on or around the scrotum, and on or around the anus as well. Genital warts cancause itching, irritation, discharge, and at times may feel tender to the touch. But these do not pose any significant danger.
Plantar warts, in comparison to the other aforementioned warts, are hard, grainy, and irregular growths that appear on the heels and the balls, and even toes of the feet. These are known to cause pain , especially when walking or running.