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HPV vaccine may be good for men, too

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by HM2VikingRN HM2VikingRN, RN (Member)

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The first vaccine that prevents some cervical cancer-causing forms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) in women, may also stop men from spreading the virus and contracting cancer.

Jennifer Mallory, a spokeswoman for Edelman, a New York City-based PR firm that represents Merck and Co., said the company is continuing to conduct clinical trials with the vaccine, called Gardasil, on males. It plans to seek Federal Drug Administration approval for use on boys and men once those trials are complete.

Mallory added that last month, Merck submitted a request to the FDA to update the labeling for Gardasil to include its effectiveness against another strain of HPV, one that is responsible for more than 10 percent of cervical cancers, as well as other types of gynecological cancers-vaginal and vulvar. Within 60 days, the FDA will determine whether it will accept the application for review.

According to a release about the update, more than 25,000 individuals have been studied over 10 years of clinical trials with the vaccine.

Currently, the vaccine is approved by the FDA for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26 for the prevention of HPV types 16 and 18, which have been linked to over 70 percent of cervical cancer cases; and HPV 6 and 11, which cause 90 percent of genital warts.

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070520/FOSTERS01/105200348

I think that vaccinating men may well help stop the ping pong effect of repeated infection. I would volunteer as a test subject for this study.

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Fiona59 has 18 years experience.

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I asked our family doctor about getting my 15yo son the vaccination. According to him, it's not licensed for use in men in Canada...

Talk about putting the cart before the horse.

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Faeriewand has 8 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in med/surg/tele/neuro.

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I would like my sons to be vaccinated against this virus. The virus causes problems in males too according to the vaccination information paper that they give you in the clinic that tells the parent about Gardasil.

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Per a recent inservice I attended with the reps for Gardisal, since the vaccine has not been tested in males it cannot be used in males. Apparently since males cannot obviously get cervical cancer financially its not worth it to them to run a study at this point.

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PeachPie specializes in EC, IMU, LTAC.

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I hope that this works out. I have a homosexual friend who contracted HPV from his lover, which developed into ascending colon cancer.

I also think that it's only fair that men, who are also carriers of this disease and can spread it to women, should take 50% of the responsibility. It's unfair enough that men have only two forms of birth control available (Yes, I know that they are developing male oral contraceptives and the like, but they aren't nearly as available as female contraceptives.

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Atl_John specializes in Pulmonology/Critical Care, Internal Med.

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I hope they approve this for men I would get it in a heartbeat

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