Most sexually active people will be infected with at least one type of HPV at some point. Usually the body’s immune system fights the virus and it resolves. HPV is highly communicable–very easy to get (and give)!
He needs to be vaccinated before he starts engaging in sexual activity to protect himself from oral, anal and penile cancers and to protect his female partners from cancer as well.
Two things happened at about the same time a couple of weeks ago. First, I was asked to write a blog in support of HPV vaccination by the lovely Mackenzie Melton, MPH, the Immunization Project Coordinator for Within Reach WA. Second, 12-year-old Meredith Prohaska died the same day she received an HPV shot. Obviously, there […]
The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted on September 9, 2009, to recommend Gardasil for use in preventing genital warts with boys and young men. Currently, the Merck vaccine is licensed for use with females ages 9-26, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine vaccination with Gardasil for […]