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HPV vaccine for MSM

Department of Health has announced a pilot scheme to give HPV vaccine to MSM.

  • By Kathryn Gill

Jane Ellison, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, announced on 26 May 2016 that the Department of Health will run a pilot to give the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM). The pilot will be run in selected GUM (sexual health clinics) and HIV clinics across the country, and Public Health England is in the process of agreeing which GUM and HIV clinics will take part. The vaccine will also be offered through selected prison sexual health services to prisoners.

The vaccine will be given opportunistically, that is, it will be offered to MSM, aged 45 and under, at the pilot clinics during the course of their existing appointments. It is hoped that the pilot will eventually reach up to 40,000 MSM. The vaccine will be given in three doses and protects against ano-genital cancers and genital warts.

A full roll-out of a HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men will be dependent on the progress and outcome of the pilot.

The written ministerial statement is available here and a briefing note from Department of Health is available here.