HPV Infection in Men – Prevalence, Treatment and Vaccination in 2020
An HPV infection is just as prevalent in men as it is in women and epidemiological studies have concluded that HPV is a focal point of various cancers.
In the United States alone, 79 million persons are estimated to be infected with some type of HPV and half of the new infections are occurring in people below 24 years of age. Health authorities declare that more than 9000 cases of HPV-related cancers are reported in men annually, the infection being responsible for 63% of penile, 91% of anal, and 72% of oropharyngeal cancers. It is therefore important to understand that HPV can infect men equally and the probability of it turning malignant makes it crucial to know how to reduce the risks of HPV infection.
What is HPV?
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the most widespread sexually transmitted disease all across the globe. More than half of all sexually active men and women get infected with HPV strains at some point in their lives. Many report that the virus may clear on its own but that is only possible if you have a robust immune system. Moreover, at times HPV remains asymptomatic; however, the potential to infect others still remains high. So, you can still hurt a loved one or get serious complications including cancer down the line if the virus still lingers in your system and so, you should do whatever you can to boost your immunity right away.
Having said that, there aren’t any immunity boosting medicines available in the market, but what could prove beneficial are specific herbs or natural ingredients that have clinically shown to boost immunity even when tested against viral infections like that of HPV. Biogetica’s specific immune boost kits containing HP-Factor Nosodes, Thuja, Echinacea, and Hyperisince- a patent published Ayurvedic formula that contains Hypericum mysorense have gained tremendous success in boosting the defense mechanisms of the body.
Prevalence of HPV Infection in Men
Researchers opine that although HPV infections are just as rampant in men as in women, the prevalence of HPV infection in women drops to about 22 percent as they age, but it continues to remain high among men; however, there is no conclusive answer to this observation.
As most people infected with HPV don’t show symptoms, they don’t realize the potential risk they pose in infecting others. In addition, the virus is also responsible for 90 percent of genital warts and can also lead to tumors in the respiratory tract, called respiratory papillomatosis. Moreover, evidence suggests that HPV infected men are an indirect cause of cervical cancer in women and sexually active homosexual, bisexual and uncircumcised men are at a higher risk to developing anal cancer.
Causes of HPV in Men
HPV can spread from one person to another through oral, anal or vaginal sex or even through skin to skin contact.
Symptoms of HPV in Men
Typical symptoms include genital warts on the penis, anus, scrotum or back of the throat.
It is also important to pay attention to any skin changes in these areas.
Some of the symptoms that HPV patients can look for are as follows:
- Anal cancer:
- Bleeding, pain or discharge in the anal region
- Swelling in the anal region
- Changes to bowel movements
- Penile cancer:
- Changes in the skin of penis such as skin thickening or color or itching
- Painful or painless growths on the penis
- Warts or growth on penis that may even bleed
- Cancer of the back of the throat (Oropharyngeal cancer):
- Chronic sore throat
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Hoarseness of voice
- Pain in ears
- Lumps or growths in the neck
You should consult a doctor immediately if you observe any of the above symptoms for a confirmed diagnosis.
Vaccination for HPV
Gardisal is the only approved preventive treatment (vaccine) for HPV, but most people are unaware that Gardisal covers only about 6-7 strains out of the 100 different strains of HPV causing genital warts and cancer. Moreover, there have been reports of over 70 deaths and a host of side effects caused due to this vaccination. In addition, gardasil cannot be administered if you’ve already contracted an infection.
Therefore, if you truly want to be HPV free, you need to find ways to boost your immunity. Our Biogetica’s full spectrum immune boost kits contain natural ingredients that have been researched to effectively enhance immunity in conditions where immunity is low or breached. Our homeopathic nosodes are bioenergetic imprints of specific ingredients that coax a defined immune response. Moreover, these protocols can be followed even after you’ve been infected and are beneficial to both men and women.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
You can adopt the following prevention techniques to decrease the risk of infecting or getting infected:
- Limit your number of sexual partners
- Practice safe sex by using condoms
- Avoid sexual contact with a partner if genital warts are present
Treatment of HPV in Men
There is no treatment for HPV. However, in conventional system, the symptoms can be taken care of. If you have genital warts, the doctor will suggest topical or oral medicines. If the warts are multiple, the doctor may even advise burning them.
Anal, penile, or throat cancers are usually treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Alternative therapies including advanced nutraceuticals, standardized herbal extracts and Bio-energetic homeopathic ingredients have been traditionally used to enhance the strength of your immune system enabling it to fight back.
Ayurveda, TCM and Homeopathy therefore have a long history, supported by modern research, of potentially boosting immunity and improving the resilience of your body with specific ingredients such as Hypericum mysorense and HPV nosodes.
Biogetica’s natural products amalgamate these evidence based ingredients to address the root cause of your problem. Our kit comprises the following ingredients:
Ayurvedic herbs: A combination of herbal extracts that are traditionally believed to boost the immune mechanism of the body.
Homeopathic Attentuations: Potentized formulations that are traditionally believed to support the normal structure and function of gonad cells and skin.
Nutraceuticals: Supplements that provide essential nutrients that help to improve the nutritional and energy state of the body and potentially boost immunity.
Some Key Ingredient Highlights
- Hypericum mysorense
- Green Tea Extract
Studies indicate that extracts from green tea leaves exhibit anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties. Results of three randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies reported that the extract showed significantly higher likelihood of complete clearance of warts caused by HPV. 3
Monolaurin is a derivative of Lauric acid and research on monolaurin has indicated that Monolaurin prevents viral replication by dissolving viral envelopes, which makes the infective agent more vulnerable to the immune system. 4
- Phyllantus emblica
This herb is widely used in traditional medicines for its versatile properties. An in vitro study to determine efficacy of the herb on HPV cancer cells reported that Phyllantus emblica inhibited transcription of viral oncogenes responsible for development and progression of cervical cancer thus indicating its possible utility for treatment of HPV-induced cancers. 5
We at Biogetica take meticulous care in formulating our blends with an amalgamation of nutritional supplements, herbal extracts, and bioenergetic homeopathic attenuations. We strive to harness the immense potent powers of nature and present it to humanity in a bid to get Nature the respect it deserves. To know more about our health protocols or to get expert advice on any health related concern, please consult our doctors available 24/7 at www.biogetica.com now.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.