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Can males be tested for HPV?

There is currently no test for HPV, or human papillomavirus, in males.

HPV is the most common STI (sexually transmitted infection). There are many types of HPV, though most do not cause any health problems. HPV typically goes away on its own. Most men who get HPV never have symptoms. However, in some cases, HPV can cause warts or in extreme cases, cancer, though this is rare in men. If you do have warts or sores on your genitals, mouth, or throat, or other concerns, talk to your doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment.

While there is no test for males, there are ways to reduce your risk of HPV! Since HPV is caused by skin-to-skin contact, taking precautions by using barrier methods during sex, such as condoms or dental dams, can help prevent infection. Also, there is an HPV vaccine available, which is typically given in two doses around the ages of 11-12 years old. If you think you did not receive the vaccine, you can still get it later.

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