Roll up your sleeves boys! In October the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Gardasil (a vaccine) to prevent genital warts due to human papilomavirus (HPV) in boys males ages 9 to 26!
The vaccine has been approved and been given to girls for several years to prevent cervial, vulvar and vaginal cancers as well as genital warts caused by HPV. Considering HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, it is about time males could get the vaccine, too.
There was a randomized clinical trial done with more than 4,000 males ages 16 to 26 that found the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing genital warts - and in other studies there was a good immune response in boys ages 9 to 15!
But wait, do not make that appointment to start your three shots yet - it will take a while for the assorted medical groups to wrap their minds around this and for the insurance companies to start paying for it! For now - protect those women you love by using condoms during ALL sexual activity - and stay tuned to hear when you can get your vaccines!