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UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men

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  1. Jock S. Trap 3 Jul 2013, 1:34pm

    I commend Mr Freer for raising this issue as it is an important one and one that needs to roll out for men as it does for women.

    I would also like to see work done, if possible to the allowing HIV organ donation to other HIV patients. It would surely help those on the transplant list esp as the HIV treatments can mean the need rises.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Jul 2013, 1:36pm

    Well done, Mike Freer. Now lets see some positive action by Parliament to implement it, a.s.a.p.

  3. Can I just add-that it can take up to twenty years after infection with the HPV virus for the cancer to appear and also that it only happens in the presence of a certain mutant gene-only present in 1 in 140 people

    1. I am not entirely sure your interpretation of the science is correct; a variety of strains can quickly cause pre cancerous cells (AIN) which if checked out can be treated at an early stage to prevent cancer cells developing. If left undiagnosed then there is always the possibility of cancer developing the risk of which will be very individual.

      In addition co-infection with HIV can increase the risk of developing oral or anal cancers, so it would seem prudent to extend HPV treatment to all teenagers as this will have a potential cost saving effect in the future & additionally reduce the incidence of the HPV group of viruses.

  4. This is very good news, another step forward in the right direction for health equality.

    The other thing we should remember is that some studies have shown there is a link between HPV infection & an increased risk of acquiring HIV.

    Having another STI significantly increases the chances of HIV transmission & therefore a vaccination program for young male adults may be important to help reduce the incidence of HIV.

    We need to use all the tools available to help the fight against HIV in my view.

  5. About time too. If Australia can manage this then the UK certainly should.

    PN, you mean penile cancer. Penal cancer sounds like something the far right would like to invent.

  6. This is excellent news…But I have said this in the past, what about woman, gay or otherwise? Adult woman can also get oral cancer!

  7. Gormenghast1957 3 Jul 2013, 10:59pm

    It’s not often that one gets to slip ‘commend’ into a sentence. It seems to be rigidly rooted in parliamentary parlance.

    I too commend Freer for his actions. Clearly he’s now on the downward slope after spending some of OUR money in the hope of saving some lives.

    Once again it beggars belief that yet another government hasn’t worked it out that boys and girls have pretty much identical DNA and consequently contract and sometimes die from the same ailments.

    It’s a start. Now lets spend some money educating people.

    At a recent MOT, my friend and I were asked whether or not we knew about PEP.

    http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/prevention/reduce-your-risk/post-exposure-prophylaxis/

    I was mortified he knew nothing about it. OK, I’m 30 years older & read but HPV is almost ‘secret’. We must ‘out’ this disease NOW!!

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