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Boys to be given HPV vaccine to reduce cancer rates

FILE A bottle of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine UK extends HPV vaccines to boys
Patty Aguilar | 10 July, 2019, 15:00

The best time for vaccination is around 11-13 years old. This in term will help prevent penile, anal and genital cancers, including some cancers that affect the head and neck.

"All of the belongings you enjoy are gone".

Jamie, from Falkirk, had by no means heard of HPV when he discovered a small, round-shaped lump growing in his throat.

Mandy Parker, from Dartford, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 aged 44, wishes the vaccine was offered when she was a girl.

"I became very depressed, and it was 2 years earlier than I began to feel normal again". The timing and arrangements in the distribution of vaccines will vary slightly in different nations.

So far, 10 million doses of HPV vaccine have been given to young women in this country meaning over 80% of women aged 15 to 24 have received the vaccine.

So, the health officials in the United Kingdom suggested that it is better to vaccinate young boys and girls before they become sexually active.

A Scottish study also suggested the vaccine had reduced pre-cancerous cervical disease in women by up to 71%. Boys who are 14-18 can also get a jab, but they will need to pay for it.

Why is it needed at that age?

This resulted in the HPV rate for young women dropping from 22% to 1% - and similar trends are being reported in boys.

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in most parts of the world.

Though girls can get a free vaccination until the age of 25, boys will have to buy it after they turn 14.

While a large proportion of boys may have been protected by immunisation among girls they may grow up to have sex with, introducing the jab for boys as well ensure protection across the population. HPV can also cause cancers in the vulva, vagina, penis, or anus. He experienced a very gruelling six months, having to have nine teeth removed even before treatment started.

"As soon as my treatment was over, my 17-year-old son had his first dose of the vaccine, Gardasil".

That is why gay men up to the age of 45 can have a free HPV vaccine if they visit a sexual health clinic or their GP in the UK.

By vaccinating boys, experts say spreading of the disease - linked with the cancer - will dramatically reduce. "It appears clear. that vaccinated boys will themselves benefit from not getting cancer of the penis, anus, and a diminished risk of head and neck cancer". "The latter is now increasing in incidence, but this trend will be turned around as the vaccination program takes effect in the future", BBC quoted him.

"Offering the vaccine to boys will not only protect them but will also prevent more cases of HPV related cancers in girls and reduce the overall burden of these cancers in both men and women in the future", said Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE.

The expansion of the free service, introduced for girls in 2008, has led to estimates that the vaccination programme will prevent over 64,000 cervical cancers and almost 50,000 non-cervical cancers by 2058.

"It's important not to delay the vaccination, as it may be less effective as adolescents get older".

'We are pleased that the HPV vaccine will be given to Year 8 boys, as well as girls, from September - this is something the RCGP has long-called for.

Robert Music, chief executive of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "HPV does not discriminate".

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