CDC: Boys Should Get HPV Vaccine

    MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 21:  University of Miami pediatrician Judith L. Schaechter, M.D. (L) gives an HPV vaccination to a 13-year-old girl in her office at the Miller School of Medicine on September 21, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The vaccine for human papillomavirus, or HPV, is given to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer. Recently the issue of the vaccination came up during the Republican race for president when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) called the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer "dangerous" and said that it may cause mental retardation, but expert opinion in the medical field contradicts her claim. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also a presidential contender, has taken heat from some within his party for presiding over a vaccination program in his home state. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    Michele Bachmann will not be happy about this. The Centers for Disease Control panel voted Tuesday to recommend boys as young as 11 receive the HPV vaccine. Doctors say vaccinating boys and men will help prevent transmission of the virus that causes cervical cancer to women as well as protect boys and men from cancers of the penis and rectum. Although the vaccine has been approved for men since 2009, it hasn’t been heavily promoted for them. HPV is the No. 1 sexually transmitted disease in the U.S.; at least 50 percent of sexually active people will have it at some point in their lives. The vaccine is already recommended for girls between the ages of 11 and 26.

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