Penis Cancer, HPV Infection, and HPV Vaccination

by Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger


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Gardasil for Penile Cancer Prevention

Does HPV Vaccine Reduce Risk of Penis Cancer in Men Over 45?

Gardasil has the potential to decrease the risk of penile cancer and oral cancers caused by HPV, although these cancers are fairly rare in the United States. Low-risk and high-risk HPV strains can co-exist in the same person.

Even if someone has visible genital warts, HPV vaccination can protect against high-risk strains that cause penile and other cancers. Gardasil also decreases persistent and recurrent HPV infections which are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

When Gardasil is given at the recommended age of 12 to 45, men have a high level of protection against genital warts and HPV-related cancers such as penile cancer, anal cancers, and oral cancers.  It may also decrease the risk of prostate cancer as some prostate cancer appear to be HPV-related. In men over 45, even if you have visible genital warts, HPV vaccine might reduce the risk of penile and other HPV-related cancers.

Because these cancers are fairly rare compared to cervical cancer in women, there is less concern about cancer prevention as the reason for vaccination in men.  Gardasil-9 protects against nine strains of the HPV virus, seven of which are the most common cancer-causing types.

Because the Gardasil-9 HPV vaccine is very safe and offers good protection for problems that are otherwise incurable, in our view Gardasil-9 vaccination is beneficial for all men.  The major issue is the cost of vaccination and from a pure cost-benefit analysis it may not be cost-effective on population-level but for men who are at risk for HPV and are able to afford it, Gardasil-9 offers a good value regardless of age.

HPV vaccines are safe in men and women with visible genital warts or precancerous changes. Studies show Gardasil is beneficial in women with HPV-related cervical dysplasia (precancerous changes). It can be inferred that a similar biological benefit will accrue to men.

In gay men, persistent or recurrent HPV infections and anal warts are associated with a high risk of anal cancer. At New York Urology Specialists, we recommend HPV Gardasil vaccination for gay men of all ages.


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STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI).  We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem.  We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause. 

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and woman with urinary problems and bladder control problems.   

We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4125.

We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance.   Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend, and evening office hours.