why is the vaccine of HPV not given to the boys?

by Rachel on August 3, 2011

I have it for my biology class and i have to write an enrichment.

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Krystal August 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm

im guessing cuz its more common for a girl to get it then a guy

WildEddie August 3, 2011 at 11:18 pm

It is for CERVICAL cancer, so I would be kind of worried if you were a boy and you needed one! x :D

love, katie (: August 4, 2011 at 12:11 am

one type of HPV is cervical cancer. boys don’t have a cervix. there is the genital HPV, which gives you genitals warts & boys get that.

Rhianna does Medicine Year 1 August 4, 2011 at 12:21 am

Mainly because the aim of the vaccine is to prevent a female cancer only and because the initial study group was on females and not males. HPV does affect males as well as females, but the programme is designed to prevent cervical ca, rather than simply preventing HPV.

However, it would make sense to give it to boys too, but that would pose numerous ethical dilemmas.

With females there are clear benefits from having the vaccine. However, vaccines are not risk free and male cancers caused by HPV are very rare. The ethical dilemma would be trying to give males a vaccine that wouldn’t necessarily benefit them.

I think they have now tested this vaccine on boys and it will eventually be approved for men (if it hasn’t already).

Edit: Oh ok, they’ve started giving it to boys already. Apologies for not keeping up to date

tarnishedsilverheart August 4, 2011 at 12:36 am

In the US Gardasil has been approved for use in the male. Some men and boy’s are getting the vaccine. Gardasil prevents two low risk HPV types that cause 90% of genital warts and two high risk HPV types that may be carried by the male and shared with a female partner these two high risk HPV type 16 and 18 are found in 70% of all cervical cancers.

Men and women are equally infected with the virus. It makes since to include them in the vacation schedule. Men carrying HPV are half of the problem. Giving the vaccine to males brings more benefits of the vaccine program.

Gardasil does not prevent all HPV types and gardasil does not prevent all HPV types that cause cervical cancer.


Many insurances companies do not include full or part coverage of the vaccine for the male.

And some studies say it may not be cost effective for the male.


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