Paging Michael Douglas: HPV Vaccine Helps Men, Too
Study finds Cervarix prevents throat cancers caused by oral sex
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
A woman gets the HPV vaccine in this file photo.   (AP Photo/John Amis)

(Newser) – Researchers have found their first evidence that the HPV vaccine also helps prevent throat cancers often caused by oral sex—a finding that should apply to men as well as women, reports the New York Times. According to a study in PLoS One, Cervarix, originally designed to prevent cervical cancer, protects against throat cancers triggered by the human papillomavirus. It's a big deal because men are almost three times more likely to get the virus and four times more likely to get oropharyngeal cancer, reports Bloomberg. (Just ask Michael Douglas.) The number of heterosexual middle-aged men affected has been soaring.

The new study, involving about 6,000 young Costa Rica women, found that those who got the vaccine were far less likely to get the strain of the virus acquired orally. And if it works for women, there's no reason to think that men wouldn't get the same protection. Further studies on that point await. "If similar results are observed in men, vaccination of boys may become an important public health measure," says the lead researcher.

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Jul 19, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
so many countries have banned this 'vaccine' because it is rendering the 'patients' infertile. I personally think that there are enough people in the world but everyone seems to want Grandchildren.
Jul 19, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
So are we going to waste time talking about how this vaccine is going to turn all boys into sluts or can we skip that nonsense now that we're talking about boys?
Jul 19, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
This may be all good and proper for Michael Douglas; but what about poor tender, young Zeta Jones(OK, maybe not so tender and maybe not so young). I still say Douglas got that virus off Matt Damon in that Liberace film they made together. I assume the producers had to cut the Deep Throat scene in order to maintain an R rating.