Boys must also be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus


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Spanish experts argue that boys, not just girls, also need to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus.

Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) — the world’s leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases — reduces cancer in both men and women. That is why pediatricians in Spain are advocating that vaccination against the virus should be done regardless of gender. All people are carriers and all people can suffer from the effects of the virus.

This was one of the key conclusions presented at a press conference to mark International HPV Awareness Day on March 4th. Speaking at the event, María Garcés-Sánchez, a primary care pediatrician and a member of the Vaccine Advisory Committee of the Spanish Association of Paediatrics (CAV-AEP), argued that boys, not just girls, should be vaccinated against the virus. She also explained that it is best to give the vaccine before beginning sexual relations, as the younger the person, the greater the antibody response.

More than 80% of sexually active people will get HPV infection at some point in their lives. It is responsible for approximately 5% of all tumors and is associated with almost 100% of cervical cancers, 40% of penile cancers, 40% of vulvar cancers and 90% of anal cancers.

In order to eliminate HPV-associated cancers, “it is important that this sexually transmitted infection be fought in our country without distinction of sex,” said Dr. Garcés-Sánchez. Currently, she stressed, the impact of the virus is being felt across the population and goes well beyond cervical cancer, with which it is most commonly associated.

In Spain, 1,957 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in 2020, a number that accounts for about 3% of female tumors, making it the 14thth The most common type behind breast, colon, lung, stomach, uterine body, ovarian, melanoma, thyroid and hematological tumors, according to data from the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC).


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