About this website
All the information in this website is based on the best-possible evidence and has been checked by medical and other experts. It has been compiled in line with NHS England Information Standard guidance.
Jabs for the Boys was provided by HPV Action (HPVA), a partnership of about 50 patient and professional organisations that are working to reduce the health burden of HPV, until they dissolved in 2021. This site is now owned and maintained by the Oral Health Foundation
The development of this website was supported by an educational grant from MSD. In 2019, HPV Action received a Mouth Cancer Foundation charity project award for further work on the site. These funds were paid to the Oral Health Foundation, one of HPVA’s members, which is managing the project.
- Nick Baker, Outreach and Communications Manager, GMFA: The gay men’s health charity
- Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive, Oral Health Foundation.
- Dr Gillian Prue, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Institute for Health Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
- Dr Sue Sherman, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Keele University.
- Professor Margaret Stanley, Emeritus Professor of Epithelial Biology, Cambridge University.
We are very grateful to all of the above and also to Brook for their comments on the section of the site aimed at boys.
Oral Health Foundation
We work closely with governments, dental and health professionals, manufacturers, the dental trade, national and local agencies and the public, to achieve our mission of addressing the inequalities which exist in oral health, changing people’s lives for the better.
HPV is a very common virus that causes several serious diseases in men and women. It is believed to be responsible for about 5% of all cases of cancer in both sexes.
In the UK, all girls aged 12/13 (11/12 in Scotland) are offered a free vaccination by the NHS to protect them against HPV. Thanks to the advocacy work on HPVA, this option is now available to boys of the same age.
You can find out more about HPVA and its members here.
HPV Action dissolved in 2021 due to the success of the vaccination catch-up programme. The European equivalent of HPVA is the HPV Action Network and you can find out more about them here.