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Should Boys Get the Cervical Cancer Vaccine? (Gardasil)

Asked by Aster (19984points) July 5th, 2010

The pharmaceutical industry is simply trying to keep our nations’ children healthy. They have our best interests at heart. So, should males receive Gardasil?

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Aster's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Yeah ; that’s what I think , too. I am not making this up!!!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

The pharmaceutical industry is not interested in any such thing and they have only their own greedy interests at heart. I am unsure about the vaccine for any sex. I hope that by the time my children are pre-teens, we’ll know more about long-term safety of Gardasil.

Seaofclouds's avatar

As someone that got the Gardasil vaccine, I would support my son getting it once they know for sure it is safe for boys. The vaccine protects against 4 strains of HPV. Boys can get the HPV just as girls can. Two of the strains it protects against are also know to cause genital warts. So having my son get the vaccine would protect him from that and from potentially spreading those 4 strains of HPV to someone else.

Ideally he’ll never get any strain of HPV, so it won’t be an issue. The last time I looked at the statistics for HPV, they said that something like 80% of women 18–25 had some strain of HPV.

Kayak8's avatar

Gardasil is intended to prevent HPV (human papilloma virus), a precursor to cervical cancer. HPV is believed to cause other cancers (including those in males), so the notion is that Gardasil would be used to prevent those as well.

Aster's avatar

Protects against FOUR strains?? There are over 100 strains of HPV. The virus is so common that it can almost be considered normal to have it.
Makes celibacy look inviting. not really

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Aster Even though there are many more strains of HPV, the four in question account for 75% of cervical cancer and 90% of genital warts – so it’s more of a focused vaccine.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Like @Simone_De_Beauvoir said, the vaccine focuses on those because of the effects they have on the body. Of the 100+ strains of HPV, many have no outward signs and symptoms, so they haven’t been focused on.

vbabe96's avatar

If it can help stop the spread of HPV then I am all for boys getting Gardasil.

perspicacious's avatar

Absolutely. oh brother

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Female partners of circumcised males are much less likely to develop cervical cancer. Should circumcision be mandated for all males?

I do not know if Gardasil vaccinations in males would even be effective in preventing cervical cancer.

Aster's avatar

Does the SERIES of shots guarantee a person won’t get the cancer? Any documented deaths or disabilities from it?

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Aster It doesn’t guarantee you won’t get cancer because cervical cancer can be caused by things other than HPV. The strains of HPV that the vaccine covers cause majority of the cervical cancer, but not all. I haven’t heard of anyone dying from it or becoming disabled from it at this point.

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