Since the HPV vaccine for girls and young women was first made available, many people have been asking why an HPV vaccine for them but not for boys and men, who are the ones who generally pass on the virus to the girls.
The manufacturers of Gardasil, the first vaccine against some strains of human papillomavirus – a virus that causes genital warts and cancer of the cervix – listened to the calls for a male vaccine and has made it available. They are just waiting for FDA approval. Of course, it could be that this was done because they’d saturated the market of girls and young women and now had to look elsewhere to market their product. This move was welcomed in many areas – at first. But now, researchers are wondering if it’s cost effective to even vaccinate the boys and men.
For example, if all eligible girls are vaccinated, what is the point of vaccinating the boys? If they can’t infect the girls, then the girls can’t infect other boys/men and so on. On the other hand, if for some reason, a large portion of the female population wasn’t reached, this could be a good time to vaccinate the males.
Of course, there is a lot of concern about the effects of the vaccine on boys, just as there are concerns about girls.
What do you think? Should it be available for boys too? Just click on the comment link at the top right-hand side of this post to add your opinion.