The HPV vaccine has recently been recommended by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics for administration to teenage boys as well as girls. Although the main protection concern with this vaccine is for cervical cancer, boys can be silent carriers and share these dangerous strains with their partners. In addition, 2 strains of covered virus cause 90% of venereal warts that are very difficult to treat in the affected areas. Even if males are using physical protection, skin contact may still occur outside of that protection and result in infection. The vaccine is approved for ages 9 to 26, however, we generally recommend starting the 3 shot series between 11 and 14 years of age. Now that the CDC has officially recommended that boys be vaccinated, more of the health plans that initially excluded males from coverage, have reversed that decision. Check with your individual health plan for details on this type of benefit coverage.
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