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Local doctors encourage men to get vaccinated for HPV

Local doctors encourage men to get vaccinated for HPV
Local doctors encourage men to get vaccinated for HPV
Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 14:07:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Doctors say they are seeing a spike in HPV cases in males. 

HPV, or ""Human Papiloma-virus"", is a sexually transmitted disease with strains that can cause genital warts and certain types of cancer.

According to local physicians, women are more likely to get vaccinated for the virus than men due to the known connection to cervical cancer, but there are risks for men.

"The vaccine is helping a lot of females because a lot of females are getting vaccinated these days but the problem still persists in the males because not that many parents are getting their males vaccinated," said Dr. Ishaan Arora. "We're actually working on spreading the word on HPV vaccination not just in females but also in males."

Doctors say they are trying to encourage more men to get the vaccination. Any male between the ages of 9 and 26 can get vaccinated.