HPV vaccination in boys

HPV VACCINATION IN BOYS

Public Health England is now rolling out a vaccination programme for human papilloma virus (HPV) in boys who are 12 and up to 13 years old. The current HPV vaccination programme is available to girls between the ages of 12 to 18, with the first dose being offered at 12–13 years old, and the second dose normally offered 6 to 12 months after the first. The current vaccine, Gardasil, protects against four strains: 6, 11, 16 and 18, the cause of most cervical cancers and nearly all cases of genital warts. The number of genital wart infections in the UK has already fallen in both girls and boys because of the vaccination programme. Men are not at risk of cervical cancer, but cancers of the anus, penis, mouth and throat, are also linked to infection with HPV. England will now be one of a small number of countries to offer HPV vaccination for both girls and boys.

Kmietowicz Z (2018) Boys should be given HPV vaccine, says joint committee. BMJ362: k3163. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.k3163.

Conclusion: The number of genital wart infections in the UK has already fallen in both girls and boys because of the vaccination programme. Men are not at risk of cervical cancer, but cancers of the anus, penis, mouth and throat, are also linked to infection with HPV. England will now be one of a small number of countries to offer HPV vaccination for both girls and boys.
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