HPV is responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide and rates of HPV-related cancers are increasing

Since 2008 an immunisation programme has been in place in the UK for girls aged 12-13 years of age but there is no vaccination programme for males

Key points
  • HPV is responsible for 5% of all cancers worldwide and rates of HPV-related cancers are increasing
  • Since 2008 an immunisation programme has been in place in the UK for girls aged 12-13 years of age
  • There is no vaccination programme for males
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM) are offered no protection from the female vaccination programme and are particularly at risk of infection.
Calls to action
  • Extend the vaccination programme to all 12-13 year old boys
  • Negotiate a cost-effective HPV vaccine
  • Provide males with a vaccination that protects against genital warts
  • Absolute minimum that men who have sex with men (MSM) have free access to the HPV vaccine
  • Explore using a range of settings and incentives to increase uptake of the vaccine
  • Increase public awareness of the risk of transmitting or contracting HPV.

 

Extend HPV vaccination to all