CDC Advisory Committee: All males starting at age 11 should receive the HPV vaccine

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In the wake of some of the most unfortunate politicization (and misrepresentation) of science and medicine in recent memory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee voted yesterday to recommend that boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV).

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Thirteen of the fourteen members on the committee voted in favor of extending the HPV vaccine recommendation (which has been suggested for girls beginning at age 11 or 12 for several years, now) to young boys. Both forms of the vaccine (Gardasil and Cervarix) have been shown to protect against strains of HPV responsible for cervical, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers—which, you know, is kind of important.

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The official recommendation will now make its way to the director of the CDC and the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human services for final approval.

[Via NYT]
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DISCUSSION

Isn't the HPV disease sexually transmitted? Isn't the easiest, safest, tried and true method to avoiding stds not having sex with lots of folk? Just sayin.

I'd rather not flood my body with chemicals if i can help it. which I can because I have something called self control. (I've last high school and college without going crazy from lack of romance) We aren't thoughtless animals without control over our actions, slaves to our hormones. Or rather we ought not have to be so. If we are we need more than a vaccine to help us....