Gardasil for Guys?

March 3, 2008

GardasilGardasil is a vaccine that protects you from certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), which are associated with 70 percent of cases of cervical cancer and 90 percent of cases of genital warts. So far, Gardasil has only been approved for use by girls and women ages 9 to 26, but that might change soon. By 2009, Gardasil may be available for guys.

If guys were vaccinated, they would be protected against genital warts as well as the strains of HPV that can cause cancer of the anus and penis. And you know what else is great? A guy who gets vaccinated won’t pass those strains of the virus on to his partners.

We vaccinate against lots of diseases like measles, hepatitis B and even chicken pox, so would it be so bad to vaccinate against HPV, too? Do you think guys should be able to get Gardasil? Comment below, and tell us what you think.

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