The Information Services Division Scotland has published statistics for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among men who have sex with men (MSM) for July 2017 to June 2019. The HPV vaccination programme for MSM aged ≤45 years was implemented in Scotland in July 2017. Under the programme, MSM are routinely offered a three-dose schedule of the HPV vaccine through sexual health clinics.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- Between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2019, ~14,000 MSM individuals eligible for the HPV vaccination attended a sexual health clinic.
- Of those attending a sexual health clinic, 9146 individuals received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine, representing an uptake rate of 65.7 per cent among attendees.
- Although all NHS Board areas in Scotland offer the HPV vaccine to eligible individuals, there was variation in the vaccination uptake across the areas. The uptake rate was highest in the Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board and lowest in the Highland NHS Board.
- Among the individuals who received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine, more than half were 20-29 years of age and less than 10 per cent were