Q: What are risk factors for HPV infection in men?
A: The main factors that put a man at greater risk of acquiring an HPV infection are a history of multiple partners, lack of circumcision, lack of condom use, history of other sexual transmitted infections, smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.
Q: What is the one factor that puts a man at greatest risk of having an HPV infection?
A: The most consistently reported risk factor HPV infection in men is a the lifetime number of sexual partners. The number of recent sexual partners is particularly important.
Q: What is the association between economic status and the chances of getting an HPV infection?
A: Men who are of a higher economic class have a decreased chance of getting an HPV infection.
Q: What are the protective factors against HPV infection in men?
A: Factors that are protective for a man against HPV infections include condom use, being circumcised, not smoking, not being exposure to second-hand smoke, and higher economic status.
Q: What is the association between HPV and tobacco?
A: Men who smoke have a higher chance of getting an HPV infection.
Q: What does the term persistence mean?
A: Persistence refers to HPV infections that do not resolve on its own. Most HPV infections do resolve on their own.
Q: Are there any particular conditions that increase a person’s chance of having persistent HPV infections?
A: Infection with high risk strains and multiple HPV types increase the chance of a person having a persistent infection.
Q: Are there any protective factors associated with not getting persistence?
A: Circumcision has a protective effect against HPV persistence.
Q: What are the protective factors that help minimize a person’s chances of getting an HPV infection?
A: Factors associated with a decreased chance of getting HPV infections include fewer number of sexual partners, condom use, the man being circumcised, being a non smoker, negative history of second-hand smoke exposure and higher socioeconomic status.
Q: What is the single factor that puts a man at the greatest risk for getting an HPV infection?
A: The man’s chances of getting an HPV infection are directly related to his lifetime number of sexual partners.