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HPV vaccine offered to men who have sex with men in England

From BBC - February 5, 2018

Men who have sex with men are to be offered the (human papilloma virus) HPV vaccination in England.

The programme for men aged 45 or younger will start from April 2018, to protect them from some cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts,

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

Scotland and Wales already have their own vaccination programmes for men who have sex with other men.

The English programme followed a successful pilot that started in 42 specialist sexual health clinics in England in 2016.

Warts and cancers

There will be a phased roll-out to men attending sexual health (GUM) clinics and HIV clinics in England.

The pilot was prompted by increasing evidence of the association between HPV infection and non-cervical cancers in men who have sex with men.

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