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CDC Panel Recommends Giving Boys HPV Vaccine

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Can't see the harm in this.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted almost unanimously to reccommend that boys as young as 11-years-old be given an HPV shot.

The controversial treatment that prevents cervical cancer in women would not only protect boys against genital warts and certain kinds of cancers, but potentially curb the spread of HPV to girls.

A recent, unrelated study found 50% of men between the ages of 18 and 70 have a genital infection with human papillomavirus, so we definitely think this is an idea worth considering.

Although the vaccine has been approved for males since 2009, it hasn't been promoted because politicians are instead debating whether the preventative treatment should be made mandatory.

Mandatory or not, this has the potential to save A LOT of lives!

Dr. Kenneth Alexanderz, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago Medical Center, has previously said:

"We've got 12,000 women a year in this country getting cervical cancer. The vaccine could prevent about 70 percent of that."

That statistic only accounts for girls getting the preventative injection, but imagine how many more women could avoid cervical cancer if their male partners were vaccinated too?

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