Factors Associated With Acquisition And Clearance Of HPV Infection In Men
Studies of HPV infection in heterosexual couples demonstrates that the male’s sexual behavior and HPV infection status are significantly associated with the female partner’s risk for cancerous lesions and cervical cancer. HPV infection in men contributes significantly to the infection and subsequent cervical disease in women.
Circumcised men are 3 x more likely to clear an infection of any HPV type. Circumcised men are 6 x more likely to clear an infection caused by high-risk oncogenic strains when compared to uncircumcised men.
Having had > 16 lifetime sexual partners is associated with a greater likelihood of clearing oncogenic HPV strains.
Lifetime number of sex partners is reported the most significant risk factor for the acquisition of all types of HPV. Men who reported greater than 16 lifetime partners are at significantly elevated risk of any HPV infection as well as for the high-risk (oncogenic) and low-risk (non-oncogenic) infection.