TEENAGE BOYS should be encouraged to get the HPV jab to protect them against sexually transmitted infections, teachers said yesterday.
HPV is a group of viruses that cause a number of conditions, such as warts, and some types are linked to cancers, particularly cervical cancer.
Girls are currently vaccinated from the age of 12, but ATL’s conference heard that hundreds of thousands of young men were being left at risk.
Berkshire delegate Helen Porter said children should be educated on the use of condoms and latex “dental dams” during oral sex.
“Safe oral sex is not widely discussed in education settings but many STIs, including chlamydia, syphillis, HIV and HPV can be transmitted this way,” she said.
Delegates endorsed a resolution calling for the union to raise awareness of the issue.
Last month, Education Secretary Justine Greening announced that sex and relationships education will become compulsory in all of England’s secondary schools.