HPV Vaccine Now Recommended For Boys

The controversial HPV vaccine given to girls to prevent cervical cancer is now being recommended for boys. The humanpapilloma virus, or HPV, is spread through sex.

To hear doctors tell it, the statistics are scary. The HPV can lead to cervical cancer in women and other cancers in men. Now the CDC is recommending girls and boys consider getting vaccinated against the virus, but some people still don't like the idea.

Midvale New Jersey mom Laurie Veneziale made sure her teenage daughter got the HPV vaccine aimed at preventing cervical cancer. 

Gloria Veneziale, her daughter, says: "I didn't know what it was at all my doctor told me to get it... Prevent anything from happening."

Scott Miller who has two little boys to young to be vaccinated yet... says he's not so sure what he will do in the future.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection now wants boys starting at ages 11 and 12 to get vaccinated against the humanpapilloma virus as well as girls. The virus is sexually-transmitted.

Boys can be carriers and pass it on to girls or boys. 

The vaccine is controversial. Conservative groups are against it because they support abstinence before marriage.

Dr. Cindy Parnes with the Women's Wellness Center in Midvale says worry about the safety and social ramifications of the HPV vaccine are overblown for girls and boys.

"HPV is accountable for about 15,000 cancers in young women every year and 7,000 in men. Not only will by vaccinating men you will prevent the cancers that occur you will also be protecting the young women out there."

Controversy about the HPV vaccine has even hit the Presidential campaign trail. Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry says he now regrets supporting a plan making the vaccine mandatory for sixth grade girls in Texas.

His rival Republican candidate Michelle Bachmann claims she met a woman who blamed the vaccine for causing mental retardation.

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