I'm a male and I was just tested for HPV in a private clinic in Taipei.
They took samples of cells by swabbing the skin. non intrusive, doesn't hurt. Now they send it to the lab. They use PCR + Auto-sequencing method to identify the HPV genotype and virus burden. I have no clue why this test is not available in the west. it's ashame I would say.
Hey Fredo, was is your knowledge of this quote? what do you think? Is this really possible??
Sure, HPV tests can be done with men. Never a question about that, and some clinics do them "off label" in the U.S. The reason they aren't typically done with men is that many questions remain unanswered.
For example, a "negative" test doesn't mean HPV isn't there: it could be that it exists in skin cells that weren't sampled, or the quality of the sample might be in question (bit trickier to get an adequate specimen here with men as compared with women), or the virus might simply exist at undetectable levels. A "positive" test doesn't tell you if the person is able to transmit the virus, how long they may have had HPV, at what point it's likely to be cleared by the immune system, or if they'll ever develop any skin lesions that require treatment.
Having said that, if someone wants to have an HPV test and finds a clinic that's willing to do it, then it's certainly up to them. I'm not saying guys shouldn't have HPV tests, just that it isn't clear exactly how helpful it is to men or their partners.
Even with women, for example, HPV testing isn't done randomly or across the board: it's used as part of cervical cancer screening. They don't do tests on the vagina, vulva, perianal area, etc.