Commentary: Time to get boys, young males vaccinated against HPV

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Article Contributed by Dr. Julian Ng, Boon Lay Clinic & Surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought attention to the significance of vaccinations and their associated risks and benefits. While there is a recommendation for girls aged 12-14 to receive the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Singapore, there is currently no such recommendation for males. Despite this, the need to discuss vaccinating male teens and youths against HPV is paramount.

Dr. Julian Ng, Chief Medical Officer at Boon Lay Clinic & Surgery, emphasises the importance of individuals taking charge of their health in an article published on Today. Despite the existence of other serious conditions, the HPV vaccine’s efficacy in preventing cancer and reducing risks, such as genital warts, positions it as a valuable choice. Encouraging teen boys to safeguard themselves aligns with broader efforts in preventive health promotion, contributing to a healthier population. Education emphasising responsibility and respect for their bodies is vital, dispelling misconceptions about vaccination promoting promiscuity.

Read the full article here.

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