Boys Now Urged to Get HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cancer

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Boys aged 11-12 should now get the HPV vaccine as well, says American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now recommending that all young boys should get the HPV vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus.

In 2006 the AAP recommended all girls receive the HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts and illnesses caused by HPV infection such as cervical cancer.  They’ve now included boys in their recommendations as well, with the belief that the HPV vaccine will prevent potential penile and related cancers. This follows on the heels of the CDC’s suggestion last year that boys receive the HPV shots.

Only one of the HPV vaccines, known as HPV4 or more commonly as Gardasil, is approved for use by boys. The AAP says boys should receive HPV4 between the ages of 11 and 12. To receive the full protection of the vaccine, boys will require three doses of Gardasil. The pediatric organization also recommends that boys from age 13 to men as old as 26 who have not gotten the HPV vaccine should get it as well.

FOX News reports that human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease, and is the cause of new cancer cases in about 7,000 men each year.