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HPV vaccination recommendation for boys – STIKO background paper now published in English

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections are among the most common sexually trans­mitted infec­tions and the leading cause of cervical cancer in women. HPV can affect men, too: Based on data of the Robert Koch Institute's Centre for Cancer Registry Data, about 600 new cases of anal carcinoma, at least 250 new cases of penile carcinoma, and at least 750 new cases of carcinoma of the oral cavity and pharynx associated with HPV infection occur each year. Since June 2018, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends vaccination of boys aged 9 to 14 years against HPV. The back­ground paper for this recom­men­dation has now been published in English.

An HPV vaccination for girls in Germany has already been in place since 2007. How­ever, only about half of the 17-year-old girls are fully vaccinated. It must be assumed that a solid herd im­mu­nity – which would also protect boys – can­not be established in Germany; this was an additional reason to investigate expanding HPV vaccination to include males.

Date: 03.09.2018

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