From the start of the 2013 school year, the Gillard Government will fund the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for 12 and 13-year-old boys through school-based programs under the National Immunisation Program. Under a catch-up program for the next two years year 9 boys will also be able to get the vaccine at school. The vaccine is most effective when given before a person’s first sexual encounter.

The HPV vaccination (Gardasil) is an Australian innovation, which protects against four important genotypes of the human papillomavirus. It is a very safe and effective vaccination.

The vaccine protects against developing a range of cancers. The human papillomavirus is responsible for causing cancers of the genital tract including anal cancers and some mouth and throat cancers. The vaccine also protects against the common sexually transmitted infection genital warts.

The vaccination of boys will also increase the effectiveness of the HPV vaccination in women and further benefit women who have not been vaccinated through herd immunity. In women we have already seen promising results in reducing precancerous conditions since the introduction of the school girls HPV vaccination program in 2007.

CHOICES SEXUAL HEALTH team of specialised doctors and nurses are highly skilled in the field of reproductive and sexual health. We are passionate about providing a service to those who visit us in our clinic on Sydney’s lower North Shore with no referral required.

We can advise on all aspects of sexual and reproductive health including STI testing and treatment, contraceptive advice, cervical screening (pap smears) and vaccination against preventable disease eg HPV, Hepatitis A and B.