Sexual health experts back HPV vaccination for young gay men

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Young gay men should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus(HPV) infection, UK sexual health experts have said.

Homosexual men are more likely than straight men to develop HPV-linked cancers, particularly anal cancer, warns the editorial published in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Since 2008, all girls aged 12 to 18 have been offered HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

The HPV vaccination programme focused exclusively on girls, on the grounds that such a measure would also stop it spreading among boys. However, this has left gay men unprotected.

Extending the vaccination programme to gay men would end a healthcare inequality and ultimately be cost effective for the NHS in the long-term, the authors – Mark Lawton from Liverpool University Hospital, Mayura Nathan from Homerton Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s David Asboe – argue…Read More




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