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Men in England to be offered HPV vaccine

23 February 2018

A programme offering the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination to men who have sex with men will start from April.

HPV vaccine

Following a successful pilot, NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) will start the programme in sexual health (GUM) and HIV clinics in England. 

Men aged 45 years or younger will be offered the vaccine to protect them from some cancers caused by HPV and genital warts.

The vaccine is already offered to men who have sex with other men in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

PHE consultant epidemiologist Dr Michael Edelstein said: ‘Our evidence shows that men who have sex with men are welcoming an HPV vaccination programme, and it can be delivered successfully through sexual health services. 

‘Men who have sex with men are a group who receive little indirect protection from the adolescent girls’ vaccination programme. We expect the new programme to reduce the number of cancers that are directly caused by HPV.’

Since 2008, girls aged 11 to 13 have been offered vaccination against HPV, which can cause cervical cancer.

Results from the first year of the pilot can be read here.

 

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