Boys benefit greatly from the HPV vaccine
I was pleased to see your article (Waikato Times, July 15) regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys, and the comments by the Medical Officer of Health, Dr Felicity Dumble. However, the article gives the impression that the main reason for vaccinating boys is to contribute to the herd effect, and thereby reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.
While important, for some individuals this is not reason enough to vaccinate their sons. I would like to point out that, as well as warts, which are troublesome enough, there are some HPV-related cancers which preferentially affect males.
As an ear, nose and throat surgeon who is part of a team of health professionals treating cancers in the head and neck region, I am all too familiar with HPV-related throat cancers, which are affecting an increasing number of men.