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Old 08-16-2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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HPV Genital Warts

This is a confusing subject. They say a high percentage of men have it and also say there is no way of knowing if men have it unless there is a visible wart. How did they arrive at this? They say it is incurable but then say that most people cure themselves? It sounds like the experts don't know a damn thing about this subject.

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Old 08-16-2008, 05:50 PM   #2
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Re: HPV Genital Warts

There are over 100 strains of HPV, more than 20 of those can affect the genitals (male or female, including mouth/throat and anus). There are high risk HPV and low risk HPV. Low risk HPV can cause genital warts. High risk HPV can lead to cancer if undetected and/or untreated (cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, mouth/throat, anus).

Research says that 80% of women over the age of 50 have been exposed to HPV at some point in their lives. If those numbers are that high, then I assume it is the same percentages for me, though I've never seen a study regarding the number of men who have been exposed to HPV (high or low risk).

It is true that if a man has high risk HPV that he will most likely never know it, unless a woman with whom he has had sexual relations is diagnosed with high risk HPV. There is currently no test for men. It is rationalized because the chances of a man developing cancer from HPV are very small. HOWEVER, the man can carry (and spread) the virus to each woman with whom he has relations. She has higher chances of devleoping one of those cancers than he does.

Researchers say that many people can "fight" the virus. There is disagreement as to what that means. Some researchers say that a person can fight the virus so it no longer causes problems. Other researchers say the body can fight the virus, basically making it go into something like remission, but it can reactivate later in life. There is no conclusive knowledge, yet.

Anyway, the HPV and cervical cancer connection was made in the mid 1970s. There are many researchers studying HPV, but conclusive information is slow in discovery. It is confusing. It is frustrating.

I hope that answers some of your questions.

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