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 (sexual health) and infectious disease clinic at Jersey’s General Hospital.
If you would like to be vaccinated, let your clinic doctor or nurse know. There is no charge to have the vaccine. The clinic times for our drop-in services are:
- Tuesday (male), 5pm to 6.30pm
- Wednesday (female), 5pm to 6.30pm
- Thursday (mixed), 5pm to 6.30pm
We also have clinics during daytime hours, which are strictly on an appointment only basis. You can email or phone us on +44 (0) 1534 442856 to make your appointment.
You should have the HPV vaccine before you become sexually active. But, the protection is still good even if you receive the vaccine later.
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. It can also reduce and your risk of developing HPV associated cancer in the future.
It's especially important for those who are living with HIV and in MSM who have multiple sexual partners.
Number of vaccine doses required
We give the HPV vaccine as a course of three injections over a period of four to 12 months. To be protected, you need to have all three doses.
|First dose ||For MSM age 45 years and under|
|Second dose||At least one month after the first dose|
|Third dose||At least 3 months after the second dose and ideally within 12 months of the first dose|
The vaccine is called Gardasil and it's very safe. It 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.