Sunday, October 11, 2009

HPV vaccine for boys?

An FDA advisory panel recently approved the use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for boys; it's been available for girls for several years. The family of HPV viruses causes genital warts and cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, and throat. The vaccine is designed to provide protection against those diseases.

A new British study finds that while the vaccine may be effective in boys, it's not cost-effective assuming that three quarters of girls receive the vaccine. Unfortunately that kind of analysis completely overlooks any benefits to gay men. Thanks for thinking of us, guys.

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