'But of course, this reliance on herd immunity doesn’t provide optimal benefit for boys who go onto have sex with other men in adulthood.' JCVI said its final decision would be made after further consultations.Mr Armstrong said that only a gender neutral vaccination programme can control the rise of HPV, and that parents should not be forced to reach into their own pockets to protect their sons.
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses.
There are over 100 different types of HPV, with around 40 types that affect the genital area.
Infection with other types of HPV may cause genital warts, skin warts and verrucas, vaginal cancer or vulval cancer (although these types of cancer are rare), anal cancer or cancer of the penis, some cancers of the head and neck and laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voice box or vocal cords).
Studies have already shown that the vaccine protects against HPV infection for around 10 years, although experts expect protection to be for much longer.
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