05/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

HPV Vaccine: Now For Men?

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S, and affects both men and women. Up until recently, the two vaccines that exist for the disease were available to women only. A few months ago, however, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention approved the use of Gardasil for men ages nine to 26, and UNH Health Services now offers the vaccine for male students on campus.

According to the CDC's web site, HPV is so common in the U.S. that 50 percent of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives. There are over 100 types of HPV, which can cause a number of medical conditions such as cervical cancer, genital warts and penile and anal cancer.

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