HPV :: UK Gay men asking for HPV vaccine

In UK increasing numbers of gay men are requesting a vaccine – HPV vaccine – which protects against a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical, penile and anal cancers, reported by Cancer Research UK.

The HPV vaccine, offered by many private clinics, protects against the two strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that cause around 70 per cent of all cervical cancers in women.

One Harley Street clinic told the BBC that dozens of men have each paid ?450 for the three-dose course of the vaccine in recent weeks.

Critics have claimed that the vaccine offers little protection to adults who have already been sexually active for some years, however, as they may already be carrying HPV.

Pharmaceutical company Merck, which developed one of the recently launched HPV vaccines, is currently conducting trials into its effectiveness among men.

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