Give schoolboys HPV vaccine, says charity

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High school classBy Peter Walker – The Guardian UK.

Routine immunisation of schoolboys would curb spread of certain types of cancer, argues Royal Society for Public Health

A public health charity has called on the government to routinely immunise boys at school with the HPV vaccine, as already happens with girls, to curb the spread of certain types of cancer.

Since 2008, girls aged 12 to 13 have been offered the vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, which can be caused by some types of HPV (human papilloma virus). The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is urging the committee which advises government on immunisation to decide whether boys should have the vaccine before they become sexually active.

The viruses can cause genital warts in men and are associated with cancers of the mouth, anus and penis.

The RSPH has also suggested distributing the vaccine in gyms to help target gay or bisexual men, who are particularly at risk of infection.

Most sexually active people contract some form of HPV during their lives, and while most are cleared by the immune system, some become persistent…read more.

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