HPV Vaccination to Be Made Available for Boys
It has been reported that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been raising voice in favor of HPV vaccine. The AAP has said that boys above the age of 11 should be vaccinated for HPV, as in later stages of life they might be at the risk of being infected with genital warts, oral, anal and penile infection and cancers.
It is believed that the HPV vaccination can prove effective in preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Dr. Michael Brady, of AAP, said: "What we are hoping will come out of this is that we can push this as a cancer vaccine. We now have the ability to interrupt the transmission and the development of cancer".
The vaccination had been available for girls only, but now it would be made available for boys also. In the US, the HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. It has been informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that about 50% of the sexually active population of the country is prone to HPV.
Although HPV is self-curable, in certain cases it may lead to cancer and genital warts. It is estimated that every year, HPV triggers cancer to 7,000 men and 15, 000 women. As the percentage of women being infected with cancer is higher as compared to men the HPV vaccine was made available to them earlier.
The vaccine is deemed to be most effective and is safe to be used on kids. It is recommended that boys and girls in their initially teens should be vaccinated by it. However, men, above 21 years of age, who have missed it, can also get themselves vaccinated against HPV.