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Duke Medicine: Why the HPV vaccine is now recommended for boys

Posted November 8, 2011

Last week, Dr. Madhvi M Thakkar of North Hills Internal Medicine spoke with me about the HPV vaccine, which was originally designed for girls to prevent cervical cancer.

Thakkar explained what the the vaccine is and why doctors have been recommending it for girls for the past five years. Click here to see the interview. More recently, medical groups have recommended that boys, starting at age 11, also receive the vaccine, which protects against genital warts and other genital cancers as well. Dr. Madhvi M Thakkar of North Hills Internal Medicine and Go Ask Mom editor Sarah Lindenfeld Hall Duke Medicine: Why the HPV vaccine is now recommended for boys

In this video, Thakkar speaks about why doctors also urge that boys receive the vaccine.

North Hills Internal Medicine in Raleigh is part of Duke Medicine. Duke Medicine is Go Ask Mom's sponsor. Find health information from Duke here on Go Ask Mom every Tuesday.

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  • carrboroyouth Nov 9, 2011

    ...Cause boys are half the problem? I wondered why it was only pushed on girls when it first came out. Seemed like spreading the disease was our fault only.

    Just give them some warning though - it's the most painful vaccine I've ever had. Each booster gets worse; you can feel it burning up and down your arm.

  • storchheim Nov 9, 2011

    What, no screeching about INNOCENT ELEVEN YEAR OLD LITTLE BOYS?

  • hsingmom2my3 Nov 8, 2011

    http://www.infowars.com/uncovered-fda-documents-reveal-26-more-gardasil-deaths/