In recent months, the common virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) has been frequently featured in the news. While the focus has been mainly on vaccination for women, men, too, need to become educated about this virus and about the vaccine that safeguards against it. Avoiding pelvic warts and other HPV-related issues is part and parcel of good male organ health, so read on and learn.
What is HPV?
HPV is one of the most common viruses; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that most unvaccinated active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives.
Isn’t HPV just a woman thing?
A lot of HPV education centers on women, largely because there’s an association between HPV and cervical cancer. But men are equally likely to get HPV.
What happens with HPV in men?
Sometimes, HPV comes with no symptoms; however, men with HPV often end up with pelvic warts. As a matter of fact, the CDC estimates that at any time, 1% of active men are experiencing pelvic warts.
The warts themselves are more of a nuisance than a health problem. They can appear on or around the male organ, sac, pelvic area and thighs. Their shape and size vary, and while they do not cause pain, they can be very off-putting.
Men with pelvic warts have an obligation to let any partners know about them. They should also use protection; however, HPV may be present even when no warts are visible, and it may be passed on through contact with areas not covered by a latex barrier.
Pelvic warts can be removed through a variety of methods, but they tend to recur; it may take several removal sessions to be rid of them.
Is there a cancer risk with HPV?
Cancers of the male organ, rectum and throat have an association with HPV, but instances of HPV causing these cancers are rare. They also are not caused by the same type of HPV that causes pelvic warts. Still, it’s a good idea for a man to monitor his male organ and surrounding area for any signs of abnormalities and report them to a doctor – just to be safe.
Only about 400 men in the U.S. develop HPV-related male organ cancer in any given year; for HPV-related rectal cancer, the rate is about 1500. It’s somewhat higher for throat cancer; however, most of those come about due to issues other than HPV, such as smoking.
What about the vaccine?
The good news is that there is now a vaccine that can help protect against HPV. The not-so-good news is that it is effective only in men who are 26 years of age or younger. The CDC recommends that boys receive the vaccination when they are 11 or 12 years old and that any male can receive it up through age 26. However, it is most effective when given to a male who is not yet active, because once he becomes active, the chances of already being infected increase significantly.
The vaccine is multi-stage, meaning it is given in three doses over a period of six months. There aren’t any serious side effects associated with the vaccine, which should be encouraging for men who are worried about adverse reactions. Men over the age of 26 shouldn’t despair about not being able to get the HPV vaccine; as mentioned before, most people with HPV do not experience any significant symptoms, and those with pelvic warts can be treated.
Men who regularly and appropriately monitor their pelvic area as part of their daily male organ health routine are in the best position to spot any possible signs of HPV. That regular monitoring should also include proper male organ hygiene: regular cleaning with a mild cleanser that will not irritate the skin. It’s also vital that men incorporate a top quality male organ vitamin cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) into their daily male organ health regimen. For optimal results, men should seek out a cream that includes both acetyl L carnitine and alpha lipoic acid; the two ingredients work together synergistically to produce maximum benefit. Also essential in a cream is the presence of vitamin A, the antibacterial qualities of which can fight that annoying and off-putting male organ odor.
For additional information on most common male organ health issues, tips on improving male organ sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy male organ, visit: http://www.man1health.com. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.