From today a HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination is available from the Scottish NHS for Men who have sex with Men (MSM). HPV is the name for a group of viruses, which can lead to genital warts and some forms of cancer. Vaccination helps to provide the best protection against high risk HPV types which can cause cancer. It is available for men up to the age of 45.
Information can be found locally from the Nordhaven Clinic
- Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Please call 01856 888 917 to make an appointment.
- Or come along to our drop in session on a Wednesday afternoon between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, no appointment necessary.
This is an NHS Clinic – no charges are made for services provided
Nordhaven Clinic, Health Centre, New Scapa Road, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1BX
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Public Health Minister for the Scottish Government Aileen Campbell said:
“I am delighted to announce the introduction of a HPV vaccination programme for MSM in Scotland from today.”
“Its introduction is based on the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The JCVI recognises that MSM are a group at high risk of HPV infection and associated disease who receive little indirect health benefit from the existing, highly successful, HPV vaccination programme for girls.”
“Introducing a HPV vaccination programme for MSM will help to provide protection against HPV infection which can cause genital warts and HPV related cancers.”
I can’t help asking – why only up to the age of 45? That’s relatively young.
It’s good that this has been introduced, but when it comes to our health, we can’t afford to be thankful for small mercies.