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Boys Still Aren't Getting the HPV Vaccine As Much As Girls, Study Says

Boys Still Aren't Getting the HPV Vaccine As Much As Girls, Study Says
From TIME - March 27, 2018

When the HPV vaccine first hit the U.S. market in 2006, it was approved only for girls. Boys got the green light three years laterbut a new study suggests theres still a gender gap in vaccination rates.

The HPV vaccineadministered in either two or three dosesprotects against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical, vaginal, anal, penile, mouth and throat cancers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children get the vaccine when theyre 11 or 12 years old, though its approved for use in people up to age 26.

Despite that recommendation, however, new research from Johns Hopkins Hospital says that as of 2016, just 65% of girls and 56% of boys had started the vaccine course, ABC News reports. The findings were presented Saturday at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

The research suggests that the discrepancy between boys and girls stems in part from the advice physicians give to parents, ABC reports. Almost 20% of boys parents said their provider had not recommended the shot, compared to roughly 10% of girls parents, according to the study.

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