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What is the risk of HPV infection in men?

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Some of the types of HPV associated with genital cancers can lead to cancer of the anus or penis in men. Both of these cancer types are rare, especially in men with a healthy immune system. The risk of anal cancer is about 17 times higher in sexually active gay and bisexual men than in men who have sex only with women. Men who have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are also at higher risk of getting this cancer. Most cancers that are found in the back of the throat, including at the base of the tongue and in the tonsils, are HPV related. In fact, these are the most common HPV-related cancers found in men. More than 13,000 new cases are diagnosed in men each year.  Other types of HPV virus rarely cause cancer in men, but they do cause genital warts. At any given point in time, about 1% of sexually active men in the U.S. will have genital warts.

From: HPV Infection in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Joel Palefsky, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco. CDC: "HPV and Men," and "HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers." American Social Health Association: "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions &; Answers," "What Men Should Know." Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joan Walker, MD, gynecologic oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Winer, R. of Medicine, June 22, 2006: vol 354: pp 2645-2654. WebMD Health News: FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." New England Journal "HPV Vaccine Gardasil OK'd for Boys."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES: News release. FDA. Joel Palefsky, MD, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco. CDC: "HPV and Men," and "HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers." American Social Health Association: "HPV: Genital Warts: Questions &; Answers," "What Men Should Know." Diane Harper, MD, MPH, professor of community and family medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H. Joan Walker, MD, gynecologic oncologist, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Winer, R. of Medicine, June 22, 2006: vol 354: pp 2645-2654. WebMD Health News: FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." New England Journal "HPV Vaccine Gardasil OK'd for Boys."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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