The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name given to a family of viruses.
There are over 100 different types of HPV, with around 40 types that affect the genital area.
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Only girls are vaccinated on the grounds that men who only have sex with women would logically also be protected from transmission.
Its statement on the decision said: 'The evidence considered clearly indicates that HPV is associated with a number of cancers which affect both sexes.
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But campaigners argue that a free NHS programme will encourage the best uptake, A recent survey carried out by HPV Action of over 1,500 British GPs and dentists revealed that 95 per cent believe the national HPV vaccination programme should cover both boys and girls.
TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen backs the calls and said it is important to give the jab to boys when they are 12 or 13 – before they are sexually active.'The vaccine will not work effectively if a person has already been infected by HPV,' he previously told Mail Online.
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Dentists are often the first to spot the symptoms of a number of HPV-related cancers during check-ups.
The British Dental Association (BDA) told The Sun: 'Data used to model sexual behaviour are out of date, and factors such as the recent introduction of dating apps may have led to significant changes in behaviour over the last few years, which have not been taken into account.'Mick Armstrong, chairman of the BDA, said the decision will cost lives and that the JCVI is withholding evidence.'It is shocking that 400,000 boys can be left at risk of oral cancer thanks to a decision that cannot be properly scrutinised,' he said.'Based on the scant information the JCVI has made public, its verdict is based on false assumptions.'Whether by accident or by design they have understated cancer risk, and completely ignored the sexual habits of the Tinder Generation.' The JCVI did acknowledge evidence that boys would benefit but says it backs the the ‘herd immunity’ theory.