The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that boys receive the HPV vaccine on Tuesday.
The vaccine, which has been criticized by GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachman for "causing mental retardation," is already given to females between the ages of 9 and 26. While others criticize the vaccine as just "a license for young people to be sexually active," writes Fox News.
Now the CDC is advising boys between the ages of of 11 and 21 receive the vaccine.
The vaccine is given to prevent the human papilloma virus which is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause certain types of cancers. Of all sexually transmitted diseases it is ranked at number one, with at least 50% of sexually active people contracting at some point in their lives.