November 19, 2018
Boy is scared doctor making vaccination to the litle child
Wellness Tip

HPV Vaccine for Boys and Girls

by Berkeley Wellness  

The HPV vaccine should be given to boys as well as girls at ages 11 or 12, according to new guidelines from the American Cancer Society, affirming recommendations from the CDC. Vaccination is also advised for people ages 13 to 26 who did not received the three-shot series earlier.

Strains of sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus) are responsible not only for most cases of cervical cancer, but also penile, anal, vaginal, and mouth/throat cancers as well as genital warts. Vaccinating boys and men provides added protection for women as well.

“HPV vaccination can potentially avert tens of thousands of cancers and hundreds of thousands of precancers each year,” according to the guidelines.

Also see HPV Vaccine Doesn't Encourage Teenage Sex.