How does the Human Papillomavirus affect men? The Human Papillomavirus (HPV), commonly known as genital warts affects both men and women. But the way it affects its carrier varies depending on the gender of the infected person. In men, the effects fall into three categories: physical, emotional/psychological and social effects.
Physical effects. The most common physical effect of HPV is the appearance of genital warts. These may take up to two years after the person has become infected as the virus stays latent in the body. The warts appear as flesh-colored round bumps of various sizes and cauliflower-like growth. Discomfort and pain will appear if the genital warts have developed around the anus or urethra as it can make difficult to defecate or urinate. It is important to stress that genital warts can cause cancer. They are most associated with cancer of the anus and penis. You should be aware that if you suffer from genital warts, the risk of cancer in those areas is slightly higher than it would be otherwise.
Emotional and psychological effects. Genital warts should be removed when small to minimize the probabilities of scarring. Having scar tissues on the genital area can lead to psychological and emotional problems and in the extreme cases can affect sexual relationships. Even if there are no scars in the area, many men see how their intimate relationships have minimized or become non-existent, as their libido decreases and their sexual initiative is reduced. This is because of awareness of the warts, fear of transmitting the disease or repulsing the partner, negative self-perception and soreness due to treatment.
Social effects. Sufferers from genital warts have seen how their social lives have changed. For example, many men have stopped going to their gym for fear of someone seeing that they have warts. This fear is mainly infused by the lack of understanding about the disease. It also stops many men from meeting women as they feel they don't deserve to have new social relations due to the disease.