HPV Vaccine Approved for Boys & Young Men
Gardasil, the quadrivalent human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, has been approved since 2009 for use in boys and young men ages 9 through 26 years of age for the prevention of genital warts. HPV is a sexually-transmitted infection that can cause various types of cancers and genital warts. Since 2006, Gardasil has been licensed for the prevention of cervical cancer and genital warts and used safely in girls and young women.
It is our strong recommendation that all young men (and women) be vaccinated against HPV. Ideally, this would occur before they have initiate sexual activity. We can provide this vaccine – administered as a 3 shot series over 6 months – in our office.
If you have further questions, we are happy to discuss this with you. You can also review the statements on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/vac-faqs.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-hpv-gardasil.pdf