HPV is an infection that can cause cancer such as cervical cancer in women. It can be sexually transmitted. HPV is very common as well as dangerous in the woman population. That is why the FDA recommends that all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 26 receive a vaccine for the virus. The vaccine is called Gardasil.
The FDA only recommends the vaccine to the female population, but should they recommend it for the male population as well? The virus is usually spread from a man to a woman, but that is not the only reason to vaccinate men. According to mnn.com, men with HPV can be at a higher risk for certain kinds of cancer too. Different kinds of HPV can cause neck, penal, and anal cancers.
HPV can be dangerous for both men and women. HPV infections stay in males while they can be cleared from women with age. That means that men can be contagious with the infection throughout their lifetime. According to a recent study 50% of males are infected with HPV.
With these statistics and the risk that there is for both women and men, HPV vaccines should be recommended for everyone. First of all, if both men and women receive the vaccine, the infection will become virtually non-existent such as other vaccinated illnesses have become, like mumps, or small pox. Men are the main spreaders of the infection because they cannot be cured of it. Since women can clear of it with age, it just makes sense that vaccinating men would eventually clear it from the population completely.
Second, men are at a higher risk for cancer when infected with HPV. Since HPV can cause a higher risk of throat, penal, and anal cancer in men it just makes sense to vaccinate in order to reduce such risks. Anything that can reduce the risk of cancer should be a high consideration of each individual if not of high priority for each individual.
Lastly, when as many men as possible are vaccinated along with as many women as possible the infection will have a harder time finding its way through the cracks of the population. By cracks I mean those that could not receive the vaccination or did not do so for personal or religious reasons.
Vaccinating men for HPV seems like the right thing to do. Men are the main spreaders of the infection to women. The infection is potentially dangerous for both men and women. The infection would become non-existent faster if men were vaccinated.
JulieSteenhuysen, “Half of men may have HPV infections,” Mother Nature Network.