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What tests are used to check for HPV in men?

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To diagnose genital warts in men, the doctor will visually check a man's genital area to see if warts are present. Some doctors will apply a vinegar solution to help identify warts that aren't raised and visible. But the test is not foolproof. Sometimes normal skin is mistakenly identified as a wart. There is no routine test for men to check for high-risk HPV strains that can cause cancer. However, some doctors are urging anal Pap tests for gay and bisexual men, who are at higher risk of anal cancer caused by HPV. In an anal Pap test, the doctor collects cells from the anus, and then has them checked for abnormalities in a lab.

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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