Men should also be vaccinated against HPV, say health experts

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Men should also be vaccinated against HPV, say health experts
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New Delhi: Not just women, men should also get HPV vaccinations to safeguard themselves against cervical cancer, stress health experts.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection that is passed between people through skin-to-skin contact.

There are more than 100 varieties of HPV, 40 of which are passed through sexual contact and can affect the genitals, mouth or throat.

While the vaccine gives protection to girls and women against cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancer, it also helps protect boys and men against genital warts, penis and anal cancer caused by the HPV virus.

“Yes, men should be vaccinated for HPV. The vaccine was approved in 2009 and men between the age group of 9-26 can get vaccinated for prevention of genital warts and anal cancer,” Dr Neema Sharma, Director, obstetrics and gynaecology at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall hospital, told IANS.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that besides girls, all boys in the age group of 11 or 12 should be vaccinated against HPV and may be vaccinated till 21 years of age.

 

 

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