Tuesday, March 20, 2007
In Masculine Side of HPV, Shari Roan of the Los Angeles Times writes:
With human papillomavirus, girls and women have been getting all the attention.
Parents across the nation have rushed to have their daughters vaccinated against the virus. States are wrestling with whether to require that adolescents get the vaccine. And recent research found that many more girls and women are infected with human papillomavirus than was previously thought — more than one-quarter of females ages 14 to 59.
Now the attention is turning to boys and men.
As many as 60% of men ages 18 to 70 are infected with HPV, according to data not yet published, raising the question of whether the new vaccine will be effective in reducing diseases linked to the virus unless men, not just women, are immunized.
Several studies are underway to better understand the virus in males and whether the new HPV vaccine, Gardasil, also will work for them. As researchers already know and as the new data confirms, HPV is not just a women's issue.
See related post: Why Aren't Boys Vaccinated Against HPV?