Introduce HPV vaccination for boys to stop many preventable cancers

Introduce HPV vaccination for boys to stop many preventable cancers

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      HPV Action

 

HPV (human papilloma virus) is very common and most men and women get HPV at some time in their lives. HPV usually never causes any health problems but, for some people, infection with HPV can lead to the development of certain cancers (cervical, vulval, vaginal, penile, anal, head and neck) as well as genital warts. About 5% of all cancers are caused by HPV infection.

HPV vaccination at the age of 12/13 can significantly reduce the risk of developing disease and vaccinating both sexes provides the highest level of protection. In the UK currently, only girls are vaccinated through a national programme generally delivered in schools.

Australia has recently started to vaccinate both boys and girls.

Boys should now be included in the UK vaccination programme: 

· To protect as many women as possible from cervical cancer. 

· To protect both men and women from other HPV-related cancers.

· To protect both sexes from genital warts.

It is unethical to exclude males from a straightforward, risk-free and relatively low-cost health programme that would prevent cancers and improve sexual health.

This petition has been organised by HPV Action, a partnership of 22 patient and professional organisations that all believe both boys and girls should be vaccinated. For more information about HPV Action: www.hpvaction.org. Twitter: @HPVAction

Donations to support HPV Action's work are very welcome and can be made via JustGiving: www.justgiving.com/HPVAction

 

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Introduce HPV vaccination for boys to stop many preventable cancers

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    • Renee Knight LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      It makes so much sense that girls as well as boys are vaccinated against HPV if girls and boys can indeed both get it!

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    • Julie Paget DERBY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      I work in healthcare and its an important issue.

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    • James Armstrong MACCLESFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 days ago

      Boys need the vaccine too

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    • Nicola Cooper BROADSTAIRS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 days ago

      As a mother of boys I believe they should have an equal chance to avoid life-threatening illnesses associated with HPV.

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    • Rupert Baines BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 days ago

      Why should boys be at risk of cancer. Not every girl in the workld is vaccinated (or boys).

      And herd immunity benefits those girls too

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