[Question #4676] hpv-82

26 months ago
Good morning. I recently had a series of hpv testing done. The results showed  positive for high risk HPV-82, penile. I have no symptoms but not sure what my next step is. Do I see a doctor and what kind of doctor, or just  "wait and see." I had the same test done last year and it has not cleared.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
26 months ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services.

Wait and see is exactly right. There is nothing any doctor can do, unless you have a visibile abnormality of your penis, such as a wart, other possible growth, or sore that doesn't promptly heal. The large majority of people with HPV, inclusing a high risk type, do not progress to cancer. This is why testing like you had is not recommended by health experts:  if there is nothig visible to start with, there is never a need for men to have genital area HPV testing. In addition, you need not mention or discuss this with sex partners. It will make no difference in their health or their risk of being infected.

If you have a relatively high risk sexual lifestyle -- e.g. new partners from time to time -- talk with your doctor about being vaccinated against HPV. It will prevent infection with the 9 types that cause 90% of warts and cancers. Other than that, just get medically evaluated if or when any penile skin problems develop. That's all. Stop having HPV testing.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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