HPVHPV Action is looking for dental professionals to take part in a survey giving their views on HPV vaccinations.

The current programme only allows girls aged 12/13 to have the HPV vaccination, however the government is set to make a decision on extending this to include boys in June 2017.

There is mounting evidence that oral cancer could be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) – and that giving the vaccine to all year eight girls does not create sufficient ‘herd immunity’.

‘We consider that it is unethical to exclude males from a vaccination programme that could significantly reduce their burden of cancer and protect their sexual health,’ campaign director, Peter Baker, said.

‘For optimal effectiveness, males should be vaccinated at the same age as females, ie at age 12/13, before the onset of sexual activity.

‘Your participation in this short and confidential survey would be much appreciated.’

To get involved in the confidential survey, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XG935K3, the deadline for responses is 13 April 2017.

MP backs HPV vaccinations

Jane Ellison MP has previously hinted that she backs giving all boys the HPV vaccination.

HPV Action has already recommended gay men (a particularly high-risk group for HPV infection) should be offered the vaccination and a pilot scheme was launched in 2016 to offer this.

‘I understand the wish for it to be available to all adolescents regardless of gender,’ answering a Commons debate, Mrs Ellison, said.

‘The JCVI is reconsidering its initial advice on this and modelling is under way to inform its consideration.

‘I recognise the frustration that people have expressed and I have talked personally to Public Health England officials who are involved in the modelling work.’