This study looks into boys’ knowledge and attitudes around human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination, as well as the perceived advantages of vaccinating males, information sources, and intent to get vaccinated against HPV. Researchers took a qualitative approach and interviewed 31 upper secondary school male students. There are two major topics. The study revealed that 1) equitable health promotion and 2) more information facilitates the decision of HPV vaccination. The informants said it was necessary and fair to protect both boys and girls from HPV. There was nothing to dispute or debate if the HPV vaccine might protect both girls and boys from an HPV-related illness. It wasn’t about gender; it was about equal rights. Furthermore, one key motivation for vaccinating boys was to prevent the virus from spreading. The guys, on the other hand, were unsure and indicated that they needed to know more. The school nurse and school health were deemed acceptable for both disseminating information and administering vaccines.

Finally, the participants favored include HPV immunization for males in the national vaccination program. Sex-neutral HPV vaccines were regarded as a strategy of both preventing viral transmission and promoting equitable health for the entire population.

Reference: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645515.2018.1551670