Can a Man with HPV Get Rid of It? Is HPV Permanent in Males?

Ask a Doctor

I just found out I have human papillomavirus (HPV). I’m pretty upset about it and it’s really thrown a wrench in my sex life. Is this one of those STDs you can cure? Can a man with HPV get rid of it?

Doctor’s Response

HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is spread from person to person through vaginal, anal, or oral sex and nearly all sexually active people who do not get the HPV vaccine will become infected with HPV at some point.

Most HPV infections do not cause any health problems and they will go away on their own. There is no specific treatment for HPV. If the HPV virus does not go away, it may cause genital warts or certain cancers including cervical cancer in women, penile cancer in men, and anal cancer in both women and men.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HPV and Men - Fact Sheet. 14 July 2017. 27 December 2018 .