The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses.
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'But of course, this reliance on herd immunity doesn’t provide optimal benefit for boys who go onto have sex with other men in adulthood.' JCVI said its final decision would be made after further consultations.
Mr Armstrong said that only a gender neutral vaccination programme can control the rise of HPV, and that parents should not be forced to reach into their own pockets to protect their sons.
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The HPV vaccination is currently given to girls aged 12 to 13 but not boys.
'While there are some additional population level health benefits to both males and females by extending the programme to boys, impact and cost-effectiveness modelling indicates that adding boys is highly unlikely to be cost-effective in the UK.' But experts have pointed out a weakness in the JCVI's herd protection argument.