HPV Vaccines for Men
The Gardasil Vaccine against HPV has been approved by Singapore’s HSA for use in boys and men to prevent Genital Warts, Anal Cancer and Peri-Anal Warts.
It is a course of 3 injections given over 6 months.
Men are NOT allowed to pay for this using their MediSave.
25th October 2011
CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved today recommendations for routine vaccination of males 11 or 12 years old with 3-doses of HPV4 to protect against Human Papilloma Virus.
The HPV vaccine will afford protection against certain HPV-related conditions and cancers in males, and vaccination of males with HPV may also provide indirect protection of women by reducing transmission of HPV.
Anne Schuchat, M.D., Director,NationalCenterfor Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Dr Tan’s comments:
On 16th October 2009, the FDA approved the use of HPV vaccines to prevent genital warts in men and boys.
Almost exactly 2 years later, they are again taking bold steps to lead the fight against HPV by recommending routine vaccination for boys from age 11 years old.Click here for a full list of our STD/HIV and Men’s Health Services
The fact is HPV is just as much a scourge among men as it is in women. It has however been given much more media coverage and attention in women because of its link to Cervical Cancer.
The CDC also brought up a very good point that vaccinating men will increase herd immunity and thereby indirectly protecting women from exposure to HPV.
I hope this new recommendation spearheaded by the CDC will encourage more men to come forward for HPV vaccination. For the guys reading this, I would highly recommend that you speak to your doctor about HPV vaccination. For the ladies, bring your men along next time you go see your doctor for a PAP smear. Ask them if HPV vaccination is right for the both of you.
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About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.