Getting Healthy Down Under!

Australia will become the first country in the world to administer the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to all teenage boys as a matter of course. HPV is the virus that causes genital warts as well as various types of cancer including cervical and anal as is passed through sexual contact.

HPV Immunization

It is expected that the introduction of the vaccine to boys come into force early next year and should significantly lower the risk of infection to the young population of Australia, including gay men who are considered to be in the highest risk group in Australia. The vaccine is already routenly given to teenage girls and has shown a reduction in the number of cases presenting.

“Every parent wants their child to be healthy and that is why the Australian Government is delivering the best protection we have against HPV related cancer through this vaccine.“ Australian Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said recently. “By building on Australia’s world-class immunization program, we’re stopping preventable HPV related disease and cancers, and that makes a difference to the quality of life of our families. Already the HPV vaccine has had an impact – significantly reducing the number of lesions that lead to cervical cancer amongst women in the vaccinated age group. It is estimated that a quarter of new infections will be avoided by extending the vaccine to boys.”

In the UK the British Association Of Sexual Health and HIV made a call to the government stating the HPV virus vaccine should be administered free to gay men. A suggestion backed by the HIV/AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust among others.

 

  • John

    Cancer, mainly cervical is a looming threat to the population. The Australian government has reacted to it positively by making the vaccination mandatory. I hope other nations will follow suit. Our fight against cancer will get stronger by such decisions.

  • roos

    This is a major win against cancer and its menace. People want to ensure their children’s good health. Now they will heave a sigh of relief. Millions of young boys and girls will benefit from this decision, especially the gays.

  • JasonS

    Without doubt this a wonderfully positive move towards a healthier future of millions of Australian’s. Hopefully, other developed nations will take note of this bold move and introduce similar programmes.

  • Krik

    This is what I call a shot in the arm! Of course, a victory against the deadly menace. I hope everyone welcomes this step.