I am starting this topic in the hope that men like myself who know that they have been exposed to high risk genital HPV, but are having a very difficult time finding a doctor to test them, can work together and share information in order to find doctors who conduct such testing on men.
First and foremost, if anyone reading this post knows of any doctors who will test men for high risk genital HPV, or thinks that he/she might know of such a doctor, please share that information.
Second, several important points need to be made about testing men for high risk genital HPV.
(1) Men can be tested with reasonable accuracy for high risk genital HPV. Viable samples for high risk HPV testing can be obtained from men. See the following journal article: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/381395
Also at least one sperm bank in the U.S. currently tests sperm for HPV. See the following link: http://www.fairfaxcryobank.com/hpv.shtml
It should be noted that having your sperm tested could not give you much confidence that you are HPV negative, because the HPV may not have shed into the sperm. See the link at (1) above for the most appropriate methods for gaining samples from men.
Men are also being tested in research studies that are designed to track HPV infection in men. It is important to underscore that these studies are not designed to assess the ability to test men for high risk HPV. Rather the scientists involved appear confident that men can be tested, and are using the tests to track infection. See the following link: http://www.moffitt.org/Site.aspx?spid=F ... D9CF599528
(2) The cumulative risk of HPV-related cancer in men is significant, when HPV-induced oral cancer, penile cancer, and anal cancer are considered. In addition, these cancers are harder to screen for than cervical cancer, effectively making them more dangerous. See the following article, which quotes Dr. Gillison, who is the leading expert on HPV-induced oral cancer: http://jhu.edu/~gazette/2009/20jan09/20needed.html
(3) Doctors can legally test men for high risk genital HPV. While there are no "FDA approved" tests for high risk HPV in men, this simply means that the companies that have patented the tests marketed to women cannot market these same tests to men. However doctors may still choose to test men using these and/or other HPV tests. For example, there is currently no "FDA approved" test for high risk anal HPV infections, yet some doctors and labs test men for high risk anal HPV infections. Here is the link to a U.S. lab that tests men for high risk anal HPV: http://www.specialtylabs.com/clients/ou ... 0&keyword=
(4) Money, ignorance, and poorly-reasoned cost-benefit analysis are the primary reasons that it is difficult for men to find testing for high risk genital HPV infections. Most doctors have only a passing familiarity with HPV. There certainly could be an FDA approved test for high risk HPV in men. However the companies who develop such tests have concluded that it is not worth their time to bring such a test to market, since most doctors seem complacent in not testing men, despite the fact that not testing men: (1) leads to more instances of both cervical cancer and oral cancer in women; (2) is harmful in that by knowing what specific strain a man has he can inform women (and now men) who have been vaccinated for HPV about whether they have been vaccinated against strain(s) that he has been infected with; and (3) is harmful in that by knowing whether he has been exposed to certain high risk strains of HPV, a man can make better informed medical decisions regarding being screened for cancer related to HPV, and oral cancer in particular.
I hope I have provided some useful information. Please, let's share information so we can locate doctors who will test men for high risk genital HPV.