HPV Vaccine For Boys?

    A boy eats watermelonThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new recommendation that boys as young as 11 be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, which is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

    In 2006, the CDC recommended that 11-year-old girls and above be vaccinated, which caused controversy as many family advocacy and religious groups felt the vaccine would cause promiscuity and unprotected sex in young girls. Undoubtedly, the recommendation that boys should now receive the vaccine will create similar opinions, but health experts say the vaccine could protect boys from genital warts and certain cancers as well as prevent them from spreading HPV to girls.

    Although the recommendation was given in 2006, only 49 percent of girls have received at least the first of three shots while only 1 percent of boys have received it since it was made available to them over two years ago.

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