HPV Vaccine for Boys

HPV Vaccine for Boys - NEWYORKTIMES By GARDINER HARRIS...

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NEW YORK TIMES October 25, 2011 Panel Endorses HPV Vaccine for Boys of 11 By GARDINER HARRIS Boys and young men should be vaccinated against  human   papillomavirus , or HPV, to protect against anal and throat cancers that  can result from sexual activity, a federal advisory committee said  Tuesday. The recommendation by the panel, the Advisory Committee on  Immunization Practices of the  Centers for Disease Control and   Prevention , is likely to transform the use of the HPV vaccine, since  most private insurers pay for vaccines once the committee  recommends them for routine use. The HPV vaccine is unusually  expensive. Its three doses cost pediatricians more than $300, and  pediatricians often charge patients hundreds more. The committee recommended that boys ages 11 and 12 should be  vaccinated. It also recommended vaccination of males ages 13  through 21 who had not already had all three shots.  Vaccinations  may  be given to boys as young as 9 and to men between the ages of 22 and  26. The committee recommended in 2006 that girls and young women  ages 11 to 26 should be vaccinated, but vaccination rates in the  United States have so far been disappointing.
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The vaccine has been controversial because the disease it prevents  results from sexual activity, and that controversy is likely to intensify  with the committee’s latest recommendation since many of the  cancers in men result from homosexual sex. The HPV vaccine became  a source of contention among Republican presidential candidates after  some candidates criticized Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for trying to  require that girls in his state be vaccinated. Representative Michele  Bachmann  falsely suggested that the vaccine causes mental   retardation .
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