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HPV Vaccine now available for males in England

Since 2008, England has been vaccinating girls aged 15-24 years old against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Until now the HPV vaccine has not been available to males. The UK government announced on Tuesday, July 24th that the vaccine will be given to boys in England for the first time!

The HPV vaccine doesn't just protect against cervical cancer, it also prevents oral, throat and anal cancer. By allowing males to receive the HPV vaccine it is hoped that HPV-related diseases will become a thing of the past. Females in England have been able to get vaccinated against HPV for the past ten years and it has already reduced the prevalence of HPV 16 and 18, the main cancer-causing types, by over 80%. In fact, Public Health England found that between 2010 and 2016, infections with HPV 16 and 18 fell 86% among women 16 to 21 who were eligible for the vaccine during this period.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Almost every person who is sexually active will get HPV at some time in their life if they don't get the HPV vaccine."

The vaccine needs to be given before a person is exposed to HPV. Its effectiveness in terms of preventing infections is well known-100% in some studies.

By making the HPV vaccine available to both males and females it is hoped that more than 95% of the population will be immunized and England will be protected by herd immunity.

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