Symptoms of HPV in Men
HPV symptoms in men are not always present. This is because most people who have a genital HPV infection don't even know that they've been infected. The human papillomavirus (HPV) lives in the mucous membranes or skin and usually causes no symptoms in men or women. Some men will develop visible genital warts or have precancerous changes in their anus or penis. HPV infection may also lead to anal or genital cancers, but this is rare.
If there are symptoms of HPV in men, they usually come in the form of genital warts. These usually appear as soft, moist, pink, or flesh-colored swellings, usually in the genital area. Genital warts can be raised or flat, single or multiple, small or large, and are sometimes cauliflower-shaped. They can appear on the penis, scrotum, groin, or thigh.
After sexual contact with an infected person, warts may appear within weeks, months, or not at all.
(Click HPV in Men to learn more about how the virus affects men, groups who are particularly at risk, and detection and treatment options.)