27 Apr Men Less Likely to Complete HPV Vaccination Series
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Michelle M. Chen, MD/MHS
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Michigan
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and associated with several malignancies including oropharyngeal, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, and anal cancers. In 2020, the FDA expanded the indications for HPV vaccination to include the prevention of oropharyngeal cancer, which is the most common HPV-associated malignancy and about 80% of oropharyngeal cancer patients are male.
HPV vaccination rates are closely tracked for adolescents but less is known about vaccination rates for young adults. The goal of our study was to understand HPV vaccinations for young adult men and women, ages 18-21.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: In this age group, our study found that self-reported HPV vaccination rates were lower for men than women. Furthermore, men are less like than women to complete the 3-dose vaccination series.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: HPV vaccination rates for young adult men continue to lag behind those of young adult women and men are also less likely to complete the vaccination series.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Future research should evaluate strategies to improve vaccination rates among young men and can consider evaluating strategies such as leveraging community or school-based vaccination programs, elimination of cost barriers, provider education, and social media and marketing efforts to frame the vaccine as a cancer prevention vaccine for men.
Chen MM, Mott N, Clark SJ, et al. HPV Vaccination Among Young Adults in the US. JAMA. 2021;325(16):1673–1674. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.0725
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