HPV vaccine offers some protection to men who aren’t vaccinated, study finds
(Linda Carroll/ NBC News) — Benefits of the HPV vaccine extend beyond those who receive the shots: When young women and girls are vaccinated, unvaccinated young men may be protected from HPV-related cancers, according to new research published Tuesday.
HPV, or human papillomavirus, is the leading cause of cervical cancer, and can also cause other cancers, including cancers of the penis, head and neck.
The new study, in the journal JAMA, found that infection rates of oral cancer-related HPV strains in unvaccinated men decreased from 2.7 percent in 2009-10 to 1.6 percent in 2015-16, reflecting a possible herd immunity effect from the vaccine.
The new findings weren’t a surprise, but they did come as a relief, said a study co-author, Dr. Maura Gillison, a thoracic head and neck oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. (…)read full story