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HPV vaccination programme

Published: 23 Mar 2016 16:00

JCVI recommends extending programme.

Men who have sex with men (MSM) in Scotland will be eligible to receive the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine.

The Scottish Government is following the advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends a targeted vaccination programme for MSM aged up to 45 who attend GUM and HIV clinics.

Human papilloma virus is the name for a group of viruses, which can lead to genital warts and some forms of cancer. Vaccination provides the best protection against some forms of HPV which can cause cancer.

Public Health Minister Maureen Watt said:

"We have accepted the JCVI's recommendation, based on the most up-to-date clinical evidence. This programme will help to provide protection against HPV which can cause a range of cancers, not just cervical cancer.

"The Scottish Government is now working closely with Health Protection Scotland and NHS Scotland to find the best way to deliver this programme."

Notes to editors

The JCVI advised that a targeted HPV vaccination programme for MSM aged up to 45 who attend GUM and HIV clinics should be undertaken, subject to procurement of the vaccine and delivery of the programme at a cost-effective price.