The British Dental Association has hit out at the JCVI’s decision to not recommend the HPV jab for boys, saying it has not factored in rise of dating apps which is spreading the virus through oral sex. And while most infections disappear on their own, without even displaying symptoms, some strains can lead to cancer, notably cervical, newest dating apps in around 90 per cent of cases is caused by HPV.
It is also linked to penile, anal, throat, head and neck cancer, as well as genital warts. Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, 72, blamed oral sex for giving him throat cancer in 2010. The HPV vaccination is currently given to girls aged 12 to 13 but not boys. July that giving the vaccine to teenage boys is not cost-effective. Dentists are often the first to spot the symptoms of a number of HPV-related cancers during check-ups. Data used to model sexual behaviour are out of date, and factors such as the recent introduction of dating apps may have led to significant changes in behaviour over the last few years, which have not been taken into account.
Mick Armstrong, chairman of the BDA, said the decision will cost lives and that the JCVI is withholding evidence. It is shocking that 400,000 boys can be left at risk of oral cancer thanks to a decision that cannot be properly scrutinised,’ he said. Based on the scant information the JCVI has made public, its verdict is based on false assumptions. Whether by accident or by design they have understated cancer risk, and completely ignored the sexual habits of the Tinder Generation.