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

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.


From The Guardian: How do you choose the best vaccination against cervical cancer?

My thoughts on the balance between both HPV vaccines have been published on The Guardian Science Blog.

I wrote about the relevance of genital warts in young people and how the choice of a vaccine could have a cultural dimension.

I also clarified why the UK Government didn’t follow the recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to adopt the Gardasil vaccine, going for Cervarix instead.

Once you read it here, I challenge you to come back and share a comment!