- By Laurel Kelly
Consumer Health: HPV infection and cancer in men
HPV infection is a viral infection that often is transmitted sexually or through other skin-to-skin contact. While HPV is linked to cervical cancer in women, it can cause cancer in men, too. And the risks for men are different.
There are more than 100 varieties of HPV, and most infections don't lead to cancer. However, men who have HIV or have sex with other men have a higher risk of anal, penile and throat cancers associated with persistent HPV infection.