Give girls’ cancer drug to boys too

NZ Herald 31 oct 2011
Sexual health experts are calling for what has until now been known as a cervical cancer vaccine to be state-funded for boys as well as girls. The Government pays for girls to be given Gardasil because it protects against the types of the sexually transmitted infection HPV (human papilloma virus) that cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer. But it can also protect women and men against other, less common HPV-linked cancers of the genital-anal area, and against the HPV types that cause 90 per cent of genital warts. Warts are far less serious than cancer, but still distressing for patients and often require prolonged health care.