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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
FLORIDA: Local Doctors Praise Vote for HPV Vaccine for Boys
David Rogers
October 28, 2011
Palm Beach Daily News (10.27.11) - Friday, October 28, 2011

Area health care providers, particularly those who specialize in infectious diseases, say a new recommendation calling for routine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for boys is timely and helpful.

Five years ago, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended routine administration of the three-shot HPV series for girls starting at ages 11-12. On Tuesday, ACIP extended that call to boys in the same age range. HPV strains are linked to a number of malignancies, including cervical, anal, and oral cancers, as well as genital warts.

"What we are doing is encouraging the promotion of health," said Dr. Lyssette Cardona, an infectious-disease specialist with Cleveland Clinic Florida. "It's a major health breakthrough that we can use a vaccine to prevent serious consequences, including cancers." Dr. Chad Sanborn, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist at St. Mary's Medical Center, said the committee's recommendation, which must be approved by CDC and Department of Health and Human Services leadership, could help reduce transmission of HPV, the most common STD in the United States. "Hopefully, it will decrease the rates of infection in general," he said. "That's very important for women indirectly as men can certainly pass [HPV] to women."

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