Gay men in England to get HPV vaccine

Nursing Times | r

The human papilloma virus spreads through genital or oral contact and can cause a number of cancers. 

NHS England and Public Health England have at last announced they will roll out a vaccination programme for gay men and men who have sex with men (MSMs) through sexual health/GUM clinics and HIV clinics in England from April 2018. The vaccine is already available to gay men and MSMs in Scotland and Wales.

Patients will be offered this additional protection when they attend for their routine sexual health check-up.

Public Health England said that the earlier “vaccination pilot was a success”, and that “a phased nationwide rollout to protect men who have sex with men from some cancers caused by HPV as well as genital warts, will now go ahead”.