We can now give the HPV vaccination to men who have sex with men (MSM) and trans women aged 44 and under
The vaccine protects against genital warts and HPV-associated cancers
The risk of anal cancer in MSM is higher than in heterosexual men. If you also have HIV, this risk is higher again. In addition, MSM are more likely to get genital warts. MSM attending GUM/HIV clinics are known to have an increased risk of HPV infection and disease.
In the UK, a HPV vaccine programme for girls aged 12-13 has been in place since 2008. Vaccinating the majority of girls in the UK, means that their male partners get some protection too. However, men who have sex with men will benefit less from this protection.
HPV vaccination is a very effective way to reduce your risk of genital warts immediately and your risk of developing HPV-associated cancer in the future.
For more information on the vaccine, read the leaflet here
The vaccine is available at the following clinics