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New HPV vaccination scheme launched for gay and bisexual men

7th February 2018

The government has announced the launch of a new nationwide human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme for gay and bisexual men.

NHS England and Public Health England will launch the new scheme in April 2018 for men aged 45 or younger who have sex with other men, and who attend sexual health and HIV clinics across England.

This comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation acknowledged increased evidence of an association between HPV infection and non-cervical cancers among these men, who do not benefit from indirect protection from the vaccination programme for girls.

A vaccination pilot was kicked off in 42 specialist sexual health services clinics from June 2016, demonstrating the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a national HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men.

Dr Michael Edelstein, consultant epidemiologist at Public Health England, said: "Our evidence shows that men who have sex with men are welcoming an HPV vaccination programme, and it can be delivered successfully through sexual health services."

This will help to protect these men from the numerous cancers caused by HPV, as well as genital warts.

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