CDC Considers HPV Vaccine For Boys As Well As Girls

If you have a baby girl, or young girl, odds are you've heard of the HPV vaccine. HPV (human papillomavirus)...
If you have a baby girl, or young girl, odds are you've heard of the HPV vaccine. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a sexually transmitted disease that is linked to cervical cancer, so health organizations consider the HPV vaccine a must for all girls. However, now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that simply vaccinating young girls may not be enough - maybe young boys should also be vaccinated. According to the CDC, although HPV is not a condition that's discussed with relation to boys as frequently, it is a problem. For example, a study published in March in The Lancet notes that about half of all adult males in the United States may be infected with HPV. HPV can cause genital warts, but other strains show no obvious symptoms and can even clear up on their own with no medical treatment. Still, since HPV is passed along via skin-to-skin contact during sexual relations, HPV in a male can be passed to a female, where again, it's linked to more serious issues, such as cervical cancer. Also, even though HPV may show up with zero symptoms, it's also been shown to later on increase a man's chances of contracting penile and anal cancer. Back in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the HPV vaccine Gardasil for women, and three years later, the FDA approved a second HPV vaccine, Cervarix, also for women. Vaccination is currently recommended for 11- and 12-year-old girls and for young women ages 13 through 26. Now the debate about whether to vaccinate boys has come into play. A CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reported in June that most of members do think that males should also be vaccinated for HPV. Right now this idea is in its first stages, but it sounds like vaccines for boys may be officially on the table soon. It's something to think about if you have children. Learn more about HPV and genital warts. Learn more about vaccines in general:

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