In 2006, pharmaceutical company Merck introduced a vaccine to prevent 4 major strains of human papillomavirus, or HPV. Commercials explained how the vaccine benefits girls and women by protecting them from many types of cancer, including mouth, throat, and cervical cancer.
Unfortunately, boys and men were not mentioned in earlier commercials even though 66% of men will be infected by HPV at least once during their life. Parents who wish to protect their children need to learn more about HPV and how the vaccine protects those at risk. Here’s the truth about boys and the HPV vaccine.
What Is HPV?