Study Reveals High Rates of HPV Infections in Unvaccinated Men and Urges Gender-Neutral Vaccination
28 Nov 2023 • Recent study findings emphasize the significant impact of HPV-related infections in men, highlighting the importance of gender-neutral vaccination to alleviate the overall disease burden.
- The epidemiology of male HPV infection was studied in a multinational HPV Infection in Men (HIM) study, which enrolled more than 4000 men aged 18–70 years with no previous diagnosis of genital or anal warts.
- In the HIM study, a high incidence of new genital HPV infections was reported, along with high rates of incident anal HPV infection among MSM.
- A noteworthy proportion of unvaccinated men of catch-up vaccination age developed incident-persistent (IP) 9vHPV-related infections, with concerning levels observed among MSM compared to heterosexual men.
Gender-neutral vaccination could decrease male HPV infection, contribute to herd protection, and reduce disease burden.
Source: The Journal of Infectious Diseases | Read full story