Gynecologists support the project that is currently being studied to extend the recommendations on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, viruses that are particularly responsible for cervical cancer, to boys, says their national representative, FNCGM
"Universal vaccination (girls and boys at ages 11 to 14, with catches up to 19) would reduce the number of cancers due to HPV, with a more important population, "said UN President Dr. Pia de Reilhac.
Current vaccination mainly concerns girls
In France, vaccination is recommended and replaced for all girls aged 1
According to a draft opinion published on October 30, the High Authority plans for Health (HAS) to extend this recommendation to young boys, "to slow transmission" of HPV. The health authority had taken note of this issue by the Ministry of Health.
"Medical gynecologists, by (vote of) the National Federation of Colleges of Medical Gynecology (FNCGM), gave a very positive opinion on this recommendation," said FNCGM, which is the subject of "public consultation until November 27" .
Avoiding Infections and Cancer
HPV-related sexually transmitted infections can cause years later cancer of women and men, in the cervix, vagina, penis, anus or throat.
About 1,750 new cancer cases caused by HPV occur each year in France in men and 4,580 in women.
The only cervical cancer still kills 1,100 women every year in France and 2,900 new cases are diagnosed.
Some countries, such as the United States, already recommend that all preadolescents be vaccinated against HPV at age 11 or 12 before being exposed to this virus risk.