than 45-percent of American men are infected with genital HPV,
according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology.
study also found the HPV vaccination rate for men at 10.7
percent. Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic
Vaccine Research Group, calls HPV "a sexually-transmitted
cancer that is ubiquitous in our culture and environment"
— and one that can be prevented with vaccinations.
virus causes two major problems: cancers — and there are
about seven of them that it causes — and genital warts. And
as physicians, we see these horrific problems," Poland
says. "People are aware of the connection with cervical
cancer, but it (HPV) causes vaginal cancer, labial cancer,
anal cancer, oral cancer, penile cancer. These are completely
preventable. Imagine completely preventing a cancer by a
vaccine. That’s the power of this vaccine."
vaccine guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention recommend that children ages 11-12 should receive
two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart. This is a
change from the previously recommended three-dose series.
Adolescents and young adults older than 15 should continue the
urges parents to have their children vaccinated: "The
risk is essentially zero, and the benefit is incalculably
study by the Womack Army Medical Center is the first national
estimate of genital HPV infection among men 18 to 59 in the
U.S. The study authors conclude that male HPV vaccination may
have a greater effect on HPV infection transmission and cancer
prevention in men and women than previously estimated.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, each
year, about 14 million Americans become infected with HPV.
Most of those infected are teenagers or young adults. A
vaccine was introduced in 2006 to help prevent HPV-related
cancers; however, the HPV vaccine continues to be the most
underused childhood immunization, especially for boys.