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HPV vaccination among men who have sex with men in Ireland: GPs’ awareness and vaccination rates
  1. Diarmaid Scully1,
  2. Niamh Irving1,
  3. Miriam Daly2,
  4. Aisling Ní Shúilleabháin1
  1. 1 TCD/HSE Specialist Training Programme in General Practice, University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2 Women’s Health Programme, Irish College of General Practitioners, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Diarmaid Scully, University of Dublin Trinity College, Institute of Population Health, Russell Centre, Tallaght Cross, Dublin D24 DH74, Ireland; discully{at}

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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. …

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  • 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.