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HPV-related cancers are rising among American men. That's according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports Immunize Nevada is working to boost the number of boys getting vaccinations.

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The Centers for Disease Control is giving Nevada nearly $940,000 to increase adult immunizations across the state.

The money will go to the state's Division of Public Health, which plans to launch a two-year program that will include collaborating with pharmacies, community health centers and local doctors.

Money will also go toward the nonprofit Immunize Nevada to increase educational outreach. Spokeswoman Lynette Bellin says a lot of adults simply don't know that they need to maintain their vaccines after childhood.

Immunize Nevada

When we hear about HPV, the conversation often focuses on young women and the risk of cervical cancer. In reality, HPV is a much larger health crisis for women and men linked to many other diseases that we struggle to talk openly about, like vaginal and penile cancers.

But two women in Reno are ready to talk and their goal is prevention, since there is a vaccine for HPV deemed safe by the CDC.

The guests joining Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss for this special discussion include Heidi Parker from Immunize Nevada and Abbi Whitaker, an HPV-related cancer survivor in Reno.