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North Carolina: STD Shot for Boys May Help Teen Girls

August 12, 2011

Since February 2010, North Carolina has covered Gardasil human papillomavirus vaccine for boys through Medicaid. In males ages nine to 26, Gardasil is approved to protect against genital warts, anal cancer, and associated precancerous lesions caused by vaccine-targeted HPV types.

However, some physicians are vaccinating boys in a strategy to prevent HPV infection and disease in females. While Gardasil is not among the shots listed for routine administration for boys, private insurance coverage for the series has increased in the past year, said Dr. Sameena Evers of Dilworth Pediatrics in Charlotte.

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Comment by: Helkie (Toronto, Ontario) Sat., Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:55 am EDT
Those STD shots will help GSK (line their pockets) before they will help ANY individuals, least of all our kids.
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