Regular HPV Vaccine for Men, Experts Suggest

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The health authorities of US have urged all the boys who fall in the age bracket of 11-12 to get regular vaccination which help their body fight the HPV diseases. Other changes which resulted due to the yearly update to Schedule of US immunization were the recommendation of hepatitis B vaccine which could protect liver. This was especially recommended for the adults up to the age of 60 years who suffered from diabetes and a vaccine against whooping cough for the pregnant women. These updates were published by in the weekly report of Morbidity and Mortality on February 3.

This HPV vaccine got permitted for the girls since year 2006 but the CDC did not urge it specifically for the boys. This was because they were included amongst those who could get vaccine to avoid the genital warts and various kinds of cancers. The rate of infection is expected to decrease if the pre teen girls and boys were encouraged to get vaccinated. More than half of the sexually active adults were expected to get HPV in their life time. There are more than 100 kinds of HPV and mostly they clear the body on their own but few strains can linger and result in cervical, oral or anal cancer.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that HPV is passed on through genital contact—most often during vaginal and anal sex. HPV may also be passed on during oral sex. Since HPV usually causes no symptoms, most men and women can get HPV—and pass it on—without realizing it. People can have HPV even if years have passed since they had sex. Even men with only one lifetime sex partner can get HPV. Most men who get HPV (of any type) never develop any symptoms or health problems. But some types of HPV can cause genital warts. Other types can cause cancers of the penis, anus, or oropharynx (back of the throat, including base of the tongue and tonsils.) The types of HPV that can cause genital warts are not the same as the types that can cause cancer.”

The novel guidelines say that HPV vaccine is also suggested for the males who fall in the age bracket of 22-26 years of age. These males have never been vaccinated before or they have their immune defenses which are weakened and who have been tested positive for the HIV. Hepatitis vaccine has now been advised for the adults who suffer from diabetes much sooner than they have been diagnosed.  The new studies recommend that the pregnant women should get Tdap vaccine at gestation of 20 years or later so that they can pass the antibodies to the fetus.

vaccination, HPV, hepatitis B, immune defenses, HIV, pregnant women

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