HPV Vaccine For Boys?

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HPV Vaccine For Boys?
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 11:35am

Dr. Sameena Evers, a physician at Dilworth Pediatrics, encourages boys to get vaccinated against HPV "so that girls don't get it." This kind of practice is called "herd immunity," or vaccinating one segment of the population to protect another.

STD shots for boys may help teen girls-

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Registered: 02-22-2004
Fri, 08-12-2011 - 5:06pm
I've heard of this going on but never put much thought to it. Our pediatrician didn't make any mention of it when we were in for camp physicals in April.

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Registered: 03-24-2005
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 7:14am

I had heard about that and wondered if my ped would mention it when the boys were in in June, but he didn't.

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 7:45am

At this time, I'm not planning on getting it done on the boys. If they can give me some better information, I might but I worry about the reports I've seen about the girls getting it done. Of course, there is no proof either way yet but there are suggestions that this vaccine has not been good for the girls. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/vaccines/hpv/gardasil.html

Disclaimer: The following is shared second hand and is something that should be considered or mentioned to a doctor before acting (or not acting) on in your own situation. 

I have a friend who was treated for a pre-cancerous situation recently and she said her doctor said it was one of those that could have been prevented by Guardasil or Cervarix. My friend asked if her husband should be checked and was told no. It could have been passed by a relationship long before she ever met him and men's cleaning systems were as good as women's - that normally, if you get the type of STD that causes, your body cleanses itself of the problem so it should not be an issue.

Again, this is second hand information but that's the gist of the conversation we had and is why I would need more information if the boy's doctor brings it up.