Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States of America. Studies show that at least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives. Symptoms of HPV in men can go undetected for some time before they surface. Below are visible symptoms of HPV in men.
- Genital Warts. Genital warts are the initial signs of HPV in men. Small growths will appear on the penis, groin, thighs, testicles or anus. These warts may not be painful and they may take weeks or months to appear after sexual contact with the infected person. Genital warts do not present or have any signs of cancer.
- Anal Cancer. Anal Cancer is more progressed stage after the genital warts. When discussing the issues of anal cancer, sometimes symptoms of HPV in men may or may not be present in its initial stages. Other symptoms that can surface themselves later on are anal bleeding, pain, itching, discharge of fluid, and swollen lymph nodes in the anal or groin area. HPV in men also display changes in the bowel movements including the shape of the stool.
- Penile Cancer. Penile cancer has more distinguishing symptoms. The first symptoms of HPV in men when targeting penile cancer include discoloration of the penis, thickening of the skin around the penis and/ or a build up of tissue layers in that area. Later symptoms of HPV in men in this stage can include a growth or sore on the penis that may be painless or painful and bleed. Although, symptoms may not present themselves until the cancer is in its advanced stages.
- RRP (Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis). RRP is one of the more rare symptoms of HPV in men. The respiratory tract is affected by the growth of tumors on the larynx and vocal cords which can eventually spread down into the trachea, brochchi and even the lungs. These growths present themselves as cauliflower-like warts grown from a small slim stem. Other symptoms that are present with RRP are a hoarse or coarse voice which can also be weak and low pitched and sound strained.
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