The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a news article discussing a study on the occurrence of HPV infection in men. The research uncovered that roughly 31% of men worldwide had some form of HPV infection, and approximately 21% had high-risk HPV infections in most parts of the world. While we have a good understanding of HPV epidemiology in women, knowledge about HPV in men remains limited.
The study also highlighted a distinct age pattern for HPV infection in men compared to women. In women, the prevalence of genital HPV tends to peak shortly after their first sexual activity, gradually decreases with age and may experience a slight uptick during or around menopause. In contrast, among men, HPV prevalence reached its highest point in the 25-29 age bracket and remained elevated throughout adulthood, persisting until at least the age of 50. This suggests that men are susceptible to HPV infection throughout their entire lives.
Daan Gene offers a PCR-based detection kit for HPV 16/18 test and HPV 6/11, suitable for examining genital samples from both males and females. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed PCR technology as the preferred and most accurate method for diagnosing HPV, considering it the gold standard.