From The Guardian: Should boys be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus?

Posted on May 29, 2011


Deciding which HPV vaccine – if any – to use in a specific country requires financial, social and cultural considerations. My most recent blog post on The Guardian Science Blog discusses the question whether men should also be vaccinated against the virus.

A recent study has shown that most British doctors would give Gardasil to their own daughters – but the same question was not asked regarding their sons.

I provided information about cancers other than the cervix, which are also linked to the human papillomavirus – and which often occur in men, such as anal cancer.

Another question to consider is what can be done to protect homosexual men, given that they don’t benefit from the herd immunity acquired by vaccinated women.

Finally, I write about the effect that sexual behaviour has on HPV infections.

You can find the story here. Have you done any research on this topic? Please add your knowledge to this discussion.