Boys skip HPV drug

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

MANY ado­les­cent boys are fail­ing to com­plete the full course of three doses of the life­sav­ing HPV vac­cine Gar­dasil.

Par­ents have been urged to en­sure their chil­dren are vac­ci­nated, af­ter fig­ures showed an av­er­age 73 per cent of girls and only 60 per cent of boys com­pleted the course.

“While 71 per cent of young men re­ceived the first dose, rates fell to 67 per cent and about 59 per cent for doses two and three,” said Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land spokesman Katie Clift.

“HPV is a com­mon virus that can be pre­vented through vac­ci­na­tion – the up­take of HPV vac­ci­na­tions is crit­i­cal in re­duc­ing the ris­ing trend of HPV- re­lated can­cers.”

The hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus causes around 90 per cent of anal can­cers, 35 per cent of pe­nile can­cers and 60 per cent of oropha­ryn­geal can­cers ( can­cer in­clud­ing tongue and ton­sils) in Aus­tralia.

The Gar­dasil vac­ci­na­tion is most ef­fec­tive if ad­min­is­tered be­fore a young per­son be­comes sex­u­ally ac­tive.

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