This makes it hard to know exactly when you became infected. When asked if his decision-making would have changed if he had to pay out of pocket for all or a portion of the HPV vaccine, he went on to explain:. Improving access and uptake of HPV vaccination requires addressing both persistent financial barriers to access as well as increasing HPV health literacy levels among men and healthcare providers [ 41 ] particularly by reframing the long-standing gendered associations of HPV and emphasizing vaccination as part of a holistic safer sex strategy. This man went on to explain how his knowledge of HPV was shaped:. A high CD4 count also reduced the risk of infection with these strains. This includes microsurgery under a microscopeexcision, laser surgery and cryosurgery the freezing of abnormal tissue. As such, notwithstanding their noted acceptability of vaccination i.
HPV is the virus that can cause genital warts, anal warts and can lead to an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
Violet Naanyu, Editor. However, none of the men were infected with all four HPV types covered by the quadrivalent vaccine Gardasiltherefore showing that immunisation would still be worthwhile for young gay men who are sexually experienced. These data show the importance for gay men, especially young gay men, to be broadly informed and aware of the option in the UK to free HPV vaccination on the NHS.
Implications for cancer screening and vaccine coverage.