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HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men (MSM)

HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men (MSM)

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is available for MSM who are up to and including 45 years of age.

MSM can have the vaccine at the GUM & infectious disease clinic at Jersey’s General Hospital. If you would like to be vaccinated, just let your clinic doctor or nurse know. There will be no charge to have the vaccine. You can find out about clinic times by visiting the Testing for STI's page.

Ideally, the HPV vaccine should be given before you become sexually active, but the protection is still good even if you receive the vaccine later.

Number of vaccine doses required

The HPV vaccine is given as a course of three injections over a period of 4 to 12 months. To be protected, you'll need to have all three doses.

​Vaccine doses​When to have the vaccine
​First dose ​For MSM age 45 years and under
​Second doseAt least one month after the first dose
​Third doseAt least 3 months after the second dose and ideally within 12 months of the first dose

Why it's important for MSM to have the HPV vaccine

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections that can cause genital warts. If HPV infection persists, it can lead to certain cancers in men such as anal, throat and penile cancer.

MSM are known to have an increased risk of HPV infection and disease. HPV vaccination is a very effective way to reduce your risk of genital warts immediately and your risk of developing HPV associated cancer in the future.

It is especially important for those who are living with HIV and in MSM who have multiple sexual partners.

Vaccine safety

The vaccine used is called Gardasil. It's a very safe vaccine. The vaccine meets the rigorous safety standards required for it to be used in the UK and other European countries. It has been used in England since autumn 2012.

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