My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

My wife just found out that she has HPV. Does this mean I’ll get genital warts?

Related Topics: Human Papillomavirus, Wart

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

7,995 Answers
375,824 Helpful Votes

Although it may not have the fame of herpes or the clap, HPV is actually the most common sexually transmitted disease. Fifty percent of all men will have it at some point in their lives. In most cases, HPV causes no symptoms and doesn’t lead to any health problems. But some strains do cause genital warts.

The only way to prevent transmission of the virus is to avoid skin contact. Condoms may help reduce transmission, but that’s not really clear.

The virus has no cure. If you do get genital warts, they’re most likely to appear on the head of your penis. They can also show up elsewhere, including your anus. While they may fade on their own, they can also be treated with creams or surgery.

HPV does raise the risk of getting cancers of the anus and penis -- however, those risks are still extremely low.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer
Archived: March 20, 2014

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

46 of 72 found this helpful
Read the Original Article: Frequently Asked Questions About Men's Health