Responding to the announcement by Public Health England that Year 8 boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine from September this year, BMA board of science chair, Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, said:
“The BMA has for a long time been calling for an extension of the HPV vaccination programme to be extended to boys in UK and the confirmation that this will go ahead in September is very welcome as it will undoubtedly reduce the risk of young men contracting cancers linked to the virus in adult life.
“Universal HPV vaccination is the most effective way of preventing HPV-related infection and disease. Given the growing body of evidence that HPV is also responsible for a range of cancers that can affect men, this is a very important step.
“Following the success of the vaccination programme for girls, it is only right that boys are now afforded the same protection.”