The HPV vaccine will now be given to gay men in the U.K. as part of a “Pilot program,” as per a 2015 recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
The pitch is that it will help them reduce their risk for penile cancer, which of course is not a proven benefit of the vaccine. JCVI also claims there will be a “substantial reduction in genital warts, according to an article published on bbc.com.
Health minister Jane Ellison announced: “Through this pilot, the HPV vaccine will be offered during existing appointments at selected GUM (sexual health) and HIV clinics in England to test delivery in these settings.
“Public Health England is in the process of agreeing which GUM and HIV clinics will take part in the pilot.
“A full roll-out of a HPV vaccination programme for men who have sex with men will be dependent on the progress and outcome of the pilot.”ADVERTISEMENT
Most mainstream publications are going with the now accepted term of “anti-cancer” when referring to what is really just an HPV vaccine. In this way, the headlines of “gay men to be offered an anti-cancer vaccine” reflect a less nefarious activity. This of course, doesn’t pass the smell test. Changing the name to insinuate that a vaccine defeats cancer is a large misrepresentation of the facts.
As well, singling out homosexual men over the matter is a questionable action. Wasn’t the vaccine intended for children in order to be effective? As is often the case with matters of vaccines, the reality is distorted for the convenience of increased revenue.