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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is implicated in the development of cervical, vulval, anal, penile and oropharyngeal cancers.1 Men who have sex with men (MSM) have higher rates of these cancers,1 particularly anal cancer, where the rates are 15 times higher than the general population.2
In Ireland, girls have been vaccinated against HPV since 2010. As of January 2017, MSM up to the age of 26 can access the HPV vaccine through public sexual health clinics free of charge. …
Handling editor Jackie A Cassell
Contributors DS conceived the study. DS, NI and MD initiated the study design. DS and NI conducted the primary statistical analysis. All authors contributed to refinement of the study protocol and approved the final manuscript.
Disclaimer The views expressed in the submitted article are those of the authors and not an official position of the institution.
Competing interests None declared.
Ethics approval TCD/HSE GP Training Scheme Committee 2016-08-004
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.