Chainers saidMy friends in med school think it is hilarious that gay men are obsessed with HPV. I mean, the danger is giving it to women because it messes with their reproductive system, a scar in their vag can hurt when stretched by the baby. Hence why they just remove warts on men who have sex with men and only cover pap smears for women.
Give your friend an openhanded whore slap across the mouth for me would ya?
Anal cancer is the result of certain strains of HPV mutating into cancer, so it is not a laughing matter and it can be fucking nightmare. I lived that nightmare. I had anal cancer and went through fucking hell and back. My anal cancer was the result of being positive for HPV which can cause anal cancer.
They are also finding that men carry HPV under their fingernails and can have HPV simply from passing through the vaginal canal during birth.
There is a noticeable number of straight men who are being diagnosed with anal cancer for this reason. From my latest research it seems that these men contract HPV from their mothers during the birthing process and can have it for decades with no signs. I'm not sure if it is true or not but it would seem that birth by Cesarian section might be able to prevent all of this.
By the way, HPV can also go away. After being in remission for two years for anal cancer they also did a pap smear for me. As of December of 2011 there were no signs of HPV. The doctor's office did not go so far as to say that I am HPV free but simply said that "according to my test results" there were no signs of HPV.
After getting treated for anal cancer I have since never had the urge to engage in receptive anal sex. Perhaps lack of any possible exposure and allowing my body to heal has lead to a possible elimination of the virus.
I`m glad that you can share your story with us, and make us know about potential dangers. Still, I`m happy you made your way back.
Comming back on the subject, there is a small detail we seem to forget. HPV alone is not, very often, enough to cause cancer. Immuno-suppressed state, HIV, smoking, drug abuse and other risk factors are indeed to be considered.
Dr. Abramowitz for example, says that Anal cancer due to HPV is closely linked to a deep and long lasting depressed state of immunity, as for HIV+ with low CD4 count. And chemiotherapy...I lived that hell for about 6 years and of course it doesnt feel good at all. I was always sick like a dog while having a little common cold, so imagine what it can be with a resistant virus dormant in your skin tissues. As for heavy smokers, armful chemicals are not doing any good to the immune system and make it weaker...as you let more chemicals building up in your body. And when those factors are not present, the risk of cancer remains low in general population and tend to rise with aging.
Only to say, make the right choices to keep yourself healthy. Keep yourself strong and under surveillance. After all, you know your body better than anyone else right? So keep calm and don`t panic. One of my teacher, Dr. Handsfied said that you have more chances being struck by lightning than develop anal cancer...but still few people get struck by lighting every year. Only the risk with warts alone, you; ll see the comet of Haley fall on the bigfoot riding the monster of the loch ness long before it turns itself into cancer.
It is only sad that a great guy here had to visit hell because of a succession of unwanted events.