Teenage Boys Are Less Likely to Be Vaccinated against HPV; Lack of Provider Recommendation May Be the Reason

April 4, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Providers may be routinely failing to offer the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to teenage boys, according to a study presented on March 24, 2018, at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's (SGO) 2018 Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer. Besides causing cervical cancer, the article said, HPV causes vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, mouth, and throat cancer. One in five parents of teenaged boys said they had no plans to vaccinate their sons against HPV because the vaccination had not been recommended by a physician. Just one of out of 10 patients of teenaged girls indicated the same.

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