Legal & Financial

Blue Cross will cover HPV vaccine for males

Proud Parenting recently posted that the HPV vaccine works for gay males. Now Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has announced it will start covering the human papilloma virus vaccine for males. The other major insurers in the state already pay for boys and young men to get the vaccine, which costs nearly $400 for the three shots required for full protection. HPV causes anal and throat cancers in both genders. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccine for teenage boys and men up to age 26. “It is our understanding that the CDC is expected to recommend the use of this vaccine in males at its October meeting,’’ Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesman Jay McQuaide said in e-mail. “In anticipation of the CDC taking this expected step in October, we are beginning the process to cover the vaccine in males.’’

[via Boston.com]