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Boys should receive HPV vaccination, doctors urge government

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 16 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3372
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The UK government has been urged to speed up deliberations over whether to extend the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to cover teenage boys as well as girls.

The vaccine, which prevents most types of cervical cancer, is routinely offered to secondary school girls aged 12 and 13. But a group of 13 doctors—including Elizabeth Carlin, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, and Saman Warnakulasuriya, emeritus professor of oral medicine and experimental pathology at King’s College, London—have written to England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, urging him to “expedite a decision” to extend the national HPV vaccination programme, to help …

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