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HPV vaccination to be made available to men in Wales - Welsh Lib Dems respond

April 5, 2017 10:38 PM

Cadan ap Tomas, Welsh Lib Dems

Cadan ap Tomas, Welsh Lib Dem Equalities Spokesperson

The Welsh Government has announced a new HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men (MSM), to rolled-out across Wales from 1st April.

The vaccine is being offered to all MSM up to 45 years of age who attend sexual health clinics, following a recommendation by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Commenting, Welsh Lib Dem Equalities Spokesperson, Cadan ap Tomos, said;

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats welcome this announcement as a step towards protecting men who have sex with men against certain cancers. The HPV vaccine is proven to be effective in reducing these risks and should be welcomed.

"However, while this is a step in the right direction, we want to see the programme go further. All boys aged 14 in Wales should be vaccinated on the same basis as their female peers to ensure the maximum protection, and make sure that gay and bisexual men aren't at a discriminatory risk of developing these cancers later on in life."