HPV And Condyloma In Men
Condyloma is one of the most common STDs (Sexually Transmitted Disease) known to man. This virus may affect both men and women alike and is a result of unprotected and unhygienic sexual activities. Practices like Anal Sex are very detrimental to the general health of both the partners as far as this disease is concerned. By continuing such practices, they are bound to get affected at some point or the other.
The symptoms of this virus do not come into existence for at least a couple of weeks from the time they enter the body. The Condyloma causes warts in the genital area which can be a very itching experience to start off with. The affected areas include penis, groin, anus, thighs and scrotum. Warts in general may be of different shapes and sizes. They can be flat, cauliflower shaped or raised but the patient may not suffer any pain because of them as in the case of other similar diseases.
Some types of Condyloma have been known to cause cancer in males. The cancer starts spreading through the anus and may get concentrated in the genital area. Sighting this, homosexual relations between two men are one of many high risk causes. By practicing anal intercourse, men expose themselves to pain and bleeding in the anal area which can be very itchy and irritating at the same time. To top these facts, changes in skin color may also be witnessed by some. People may experience thickening or growth in skin.
There are no means to detect the presence of this virus in the human body at the moment unless the symptoms are visible. The only way to confirm its presence is by sending a small piece of the warts for a biopsy to the pathology labs. However, this may not be required in the case of qualified medical practitioners who have sufficient expertise in this field. In most of the cases, the biopsy confirmation is only taken when the growth becomes abnormal or there exists some confusion regarding its appearance.
Prevention measures include using of contraceptives like condoms which although are not full proof, do offer some protection. Despite of this, the most effective way would be to abstain from such practices altogether. The only vaccination available against Condyloma is Gardasil which has only recently become available for men. Those who fall between the ages of 9 to 26 can be injected with it for prevention against genital warts. However, even this vaccination is 90% effective and there is still a 10% chance of acquiring it. Until a couple of years back, this vaccine was allowed to be administered only to women protecting them against warts formations near cervix and vagina.
A total of 3 injections need to be administered to the patient over a period of 6 months for the vaccination to work. Common side effects resulting from its use include redness, itching, swelling, fever and headache. All of these are temporary and get cured over time as the vaccination starts to take effect.