‘Shameful’ that teenage boys still denied lifesaving HPV vaccine, says Terrence Higgins Trust
Our response to an interim recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation that teenage boys are not given the life-saving HPV vaccine.
Ian Green, Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, said:
“We are deeply disappointed by this short-sighted recommendation to deny teenage boys the potentially life-saving HPV vaccine. Girls aged 12 and 13 have been given the vaccine since 2008, but boys have had no protection.
“A gender neutral policy on HPV vaccination is long overdue and would protect boys from cancers caused by untreated HPV, including penile, anal and some types of head and neck cancer. It is shameful that this is still being denied to them.
“To eradicate HPV and protect people from related cancers, we need protection for boys and girls before they become sexually active. While this is ‘interim’ advice, it is a worrying sign. Before a final decision is taken, we strongly urge the government to listen to the campaigners, experts, charities, parents and young people who have campaigned so passionately for equal access to the vaccine, and to do the right thing.”