11 September 2009

Gardasil HPV Vaccine For Boys?

The drug company manufacturing Gardasil, the popular vaccine known to prevent cervical cancer in women, has recently presented a study that Gardasil has also been shown to prevent genital warts in boys.

Thus, the idea of vaccinating boys with Gardasil is now being suggested. CBS' morning newscast carried the story below:

In the US, 3 doses of Gardasil cost US $390 or about P18,877.06 in Philippine pesos using current exchange rates. Because it is expensive, only the well-to-do can afford it here.

But is that a good idea?

I think so. Vaccinating both boys and girls might be the key to bring down overall incidence rates of cervical cancer in the future.
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