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The British Dental Association (BDA) told The Sun: 'Data used to model sexual behaviour are out of date, and factors such as the recent introduction of dating apps may have led to significant changes in behaviour over the last few years, which have not been taken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.
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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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.
But a key part of the Airwave infrastructure is due to stop working six months earlier in March 2020, in what MPs on the influential Public Accounts Committee described as a ‘potentially catastrophic blow to the ability of our emergency services to carry out their job and keep citizens safe’.
Mr Armstrong said that only a gender neutral vaccination programme can control the rise of HPV, and that parents should not be forced to reach into their own pockets to protect their sons.
Now the dentists' union claims the advisory body which has recommended the Government do not to extend the potentially life-saving jab to boys has based its ruling on flawed data and inaccurate estimates of the number of cancers caused by HPV.
The dentists' union argues the decision to continue to exclude boys from the HPV vaccination programme is based on flawed data and does not factor in the recent introduction of dating apps (file photo)The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced its interim decision in July that giving the vaccine to teenage boys is not cost-effective.
Different types of HPV are classed as either high risk or low risk, depending on the conditions they can cause.
For instance, some types of HPV can cause warts or verrucas. In 99 per cent of cases, cervical cancer occurs as a result of a history of infection with high-risk types of HPV. Infection with some high-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth as well as other cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.