Gardasil-9: HPV Vaccine for Men in NYC – Vaccination Recommendations
Gardasil-9 HPV Vaccination for Men: What You Need to Know
HPV Vaccination in Men
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can infect both men and women. Low-risk HPV strains 6 and 11 cause genital warts including penile warts, anal warts, and scrotal warts in men. High-risk HPV strains 16 and 18 cause penile cancer, anal cancer, and prostate cancer in men.
Men of all ages are equally at risk of HPV infections. In addition, studies (link) show that women of all ages have significantly higher antibody titers than men. This means men have a poorer immune response to the virus compared to women.
HPV is transmitted through close skin-to-skin contact during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Men with HPV infections put their female sexual partners at risk for genital warts and cervical cancer. Men are also at risk for HPV related cancers such as penile cancer, anal cancer, prostate cancer and oral cancer.
HPV-associated infections can be significantly reduced in men by vaccination with Gardasil-9. This vaccine protects against 9 of the most common strains of the HPV virus that cause genital warts and cancers. Vaccination is good for everyone – men and women.
Schedule an appointment with the experienced doctors at New York Urology Specialists to find out how you can benefit from the Gardasil-9 HPV vaccine.
HPV Vaccination Schedule in Men: At What Age Should Men Get Gardasil?
Ideally, HPV vaccination should be given to pre-teens and teens but adult men can also benefit from HPV vaccination with the Gardasil-9 vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends Gardasil vaccination in boys and girls at age 11 or 12 years old. Two doses of Gardasil-9 are recommended for boys under 15 years old.
Three doses of the HPV vaccine are recommended in males age 15 and older. Men between the ages of 22 to 45 years are strongly advised to be vaccinated by the CDC. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) chose the age of 45 years for vaccination for men based on cost analysis.
Older men may also benefit from HPV vaccination and at New York Urology Specialists we offer the option of HPV vaccination to men of all ages.
When Should the Second and the Third Dose of Gardasil Be Given?
The second dose of HPV vaccine must be given at least two months after the first dose. The third dose must be given at least four months after the second dose. This time lag is necessary is to allow the immune response to develop. It takes a minimum of 6 months to complete the HPV vaccine series in men and women.
In addition, HPV causes penile cancer and anal cancer in men and also causes vaginal and cervical cancer in women. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. There is no known cure for HPV infection.
Why Should Men Get HPV Vaccine?
Gardasil provides multiple benefits. It protects men from HPV strains that cause genital warts. It also protects men from anal cancers which a particularly prevalent in men who have sex with men.
In addition, HPV vaccine for men also indirectly protects women as male sexual partners are less likely to infect them with HPV. In fact, studies show that women have a strong preference for their sex partners to have HPV vaccination.
What Does it Cost to Get HPV Vaccine for Men?
The cost of the HPV vaccine is in the range of about $250 per injection.
Insurance Coverage for HPV Vaccination with Gardasil-9 Vaccine for Men
Based on the CDC recommendations, insurance coverage for Gardasil is available to men under the age of 45. Men older than 45 years old may also derive benefit from the HPV vaccine but must pay for it out-of-pocket.
Scheduling Appointments for Gardasil-9 Vaccine for Men at New York Urology Specialists
We offer affordable, highest-quality urology care with or without insurance. Find out our office hours or directions to our office. We offer weekday, weekend and evening office hours.
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men and women including testing and treatment for STDs, genital warts, HPV vaccination as well as treatment of sexual problems including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns. He has successfully treated hundreds of men with sexual problems including ED and poor libido.
STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman
At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI). We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem. We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause.
Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and women with urinary problems and bladder control problems.
We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:
- Persistent urinary urgency
- Frequent recurrence of genital warts
- Frequent recurrence of herpes outbreaks
- HIV prevention
- Genital warts in the urethra
- Treatment of infections when antibiotics do not work well
- Testing for urinary ureaplasma and mycoplasma.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods. He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.