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The CDC committee voted yesterday in Atlanta to officially recommend the HPV vaccine for all boys ages 11-21. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to make the vaccine mandatory is up to each individual state. According to CNN Health, 50% of sexually active Americans will contract the virus at some point in their lives making HPV the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Because of high transmission rate and the dangers the disease poses to women, Mexico decided to administer the vaccination to all girls starting in 2012. The CDC already recommended for girls ages 11-12 to get the vaccine, but so far only one state has made the shots mandatory.

Part of the reason why males are now being encouraged to get vaccinated in America is because the number of females receiving the shots has been lower than expected. The more males get vaccinated, the less likely the disease is of being spread. In addition to protecting against HPV, the vaccination also protects against genital warts and cancers of the penis and rectum.

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