The pilot trial scheme allowed gay men to receive the vaccine which used to be available for girls only. The reason of avoiding vaccinating men was that men who only have sex with women would logically also be protected from transmission through ‘herd immunity’. However, an obvious flaw in the ‘herd immunity’ plan left gay men vulnerable. As they have sex with each other, they have no protection when HPV spreads among MSM. Mike Freer MP had asked the government to confirm “on what date HPV vaccinations were made available to men who have sex with men; and how many such men have received that vaccination since that date.”
The trial comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation warned that gay men were being left vulnerable. The JCVI advised that the three dose vaccine should be offered to gay and bisexual men who are at high risk of contracting the virus, provided that the service can be delivered at a cost effective price.