HPV VaccinationFrom July 2017, gay and bisexual men aged up to, and including 45, who attend sexual health or HIV clinics will be eligible for the HPV vaccine as part of a national HPV vaccination programme. Prisoners who identify as gay or bisexual will also be able to access the HPV vaccine through prison health services.Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a virus transmitted through sexual contact. There are over 200 different types of HPV, some of which are known to be associated with cancer (cervical, anus, penis, mouth and throat, vagina and vulva) and genital warts. Evidence suggests that 80-85% of anal cancers, 30-70% of oropharyngeal, and 50% of penile cancers are linked to HPV infection.In 2008, a HPV vaccination programme was introduced across the UK to routinely offer a course of HPV vaccine to all girls aged 12-13. Since the girls’ programme was introduced evidence has emerged that HPV vaccination is likely to provide protection against a wider range of HPV related diseases such as penile, anal and a subset of head and neck cancers therefore in November 2015, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised that gay and bisexual men attending sexual health or HIV clinics should also be offered HPV vaccination.Vaccination is delivered in three doses with the second dose at least one month after the first dose and the third dose at least three months after the second dose.Pop into one of our clinics or visit the sexual health service if you’d like to talk about getting your HPV vaccination.Get Free Condoms & Lube

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