Well, let's just say that if you have a male partner, it's best to just assume that they ~could~ have HPV. If you haven't been vaccinated yet, go ahead and get vaccinated. And if you have a cervix, make sure you're staying on top of your regular cervical cancer screenings.
Han says there's more research to be done to determine why genital HPV infections are so common in men — particularly older men — and what that means for cancer screening in men. It could be because the antibody response to HPV in women's bodies is higher than it is in men's bodies, says Han, which may mean more persistent HPV infections in men.
According to the CDC, the average annual number of male throat cancers has surpassed the average annual number of female cervical cancers. And the CDC also estimates that 72% of male throat cancers are caused by HPV, while 91% of cervical cancers are caused by it. So clearly a cancer prevention strategy for men is much needed.