HPV Test for Men - CDC online
Ok so I was just reading about HPV on the CDC's website, and I read the following passage under the section entitled "HPV and Men":
"There is no general test for HPV that can tell a man or woman his or her “HPV status”. There is no clear health benefit to knowing if one has the virus—since it usually causes no health problems and goes away on its own."
I'm sorry, but this to me is pretty enfuriating! I'm not sure why the CDC thinks there's no "clear health benefit" to administering an HPV test to all men. Umm cervical cancer, anyone?? Maybe if they had a test for HPV for men they'd probably discover that 99% of the sexually active male population has it. I think if women knew if a man was a carrier for high-risk HPV, well then maybe that would be beneficial to her??? Not to him, of course!
Sorry I'm just pretty embittered by this whole thing as my very first boyfriend gave me my lovely high-risk strain and he was tested for EVERYTHING before we slept together and was clean. And of course, there was no test for HPV so thinking he was 100% clean, we eventually got off condoms and started using BCP. Ugh I'm sorry, but if I knew he was a carrier for high-risk HPV, I would never have stopped using condoms. I know that's not 100% protective against HPV transmission, but it does reduce the transmission risk a bit.
So I have no idea why the CDC would say there's no benefit in developing a test for men. Any of you girls want to share your opinions on this?
Last edited by LAgirl81; 06-22-2007 at 11:57 AM.