For instance vaccinating high-risk, previously unvaccinated adults, all young children routinely and high-risk infants at birth has helped to reduce Hepatitis B infections by nearly 75 percent in the past 15 years.
He said,"Thus, HPV vaccination should be recommended to both boys and girls. Significantly, HPV vaccination of all females regardless of risk as well as vaccination of all boys has been shown to be cost effective with the primary benefit to vaccinating boys being realized through a reduction in transmission of HPV types 16 and 18 reducing to females thus reducing the risk of cervical cancer."
According to Janet Skidmore, a spokesperson for Merck, said studies are under way in men and results are expected soon.
Kevin Ault, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta said, "We suspect that those results will show the vaccine works as well in men as in women."
He said, "We also know that even in women who have been infected with one strain of human papillomavirus, the vaccine is protective against the other strains. The protection is reduced, but it still is effective in reduced rates."
Ault opined that given the protection against genital warts makes the vaccine worth taking.
He said, "Treatment of genital warts is painful for the patient and the doctor. It is difficult to cure, so there are often recurrences."
While the three-dose vaccine would cost about $360 to administer, Ault said that treatment of one episode of genital warts will cost a patients at least double that.
In addition Ault noted other benefits to men besides the reduction of genital warts. He said, "Human papillomavirus is know to be responsible for about 25 percent of head and neck cancers in men, and a high percentage of anal cancers."
Monk pointed out that arguments which say that a vaccine to human papillomavirus might lead to heightened sexual activity by yPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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