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Viral Marketing: What’s Stopping Men From Getting the HPV Vaccine

There’s no way to tell if you, or your partner, lost the genetic lottery. So get the vaccine and tell your friends to do the same.


In early 2011, my doctor informed me that a vaccine to protect against the human papillomavirus—HPV—was now available for men. I was relieved, then frustrated—my doctor didn’t actually offer the principal vaccine, Gardasil, to her male patients. After a couple days of hunting around town, I finally found the vaccine at the Mazzoni Center, a LGBT health clinic in downtown Philly. I received all three shots, and joined the less than 1 percent of American men who are vaccinated against the most dangerous strains of the virus.

While I was exceedingly grateful to the Mazzoni Center inoculating me, I knew of only one other male friend who’d received his shots. So since I got my shots, I’ve made a point of discussing my experience with any friend, acquaintance, or bemused bystander who will listen. And I’ve learned two things about young, straight men and HPV: We all know it exists, and not much else.

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Water, Water Everywhere: New York City’s Plague and Sustainer

They put so many things in the water. And we put the water in ourselves, on ourselves.

I should mention that I’m a bit of a hypochondriac and a mysophobe. When I moved to New York City in 2009, I was introduced to a slew of new fears. People, and their infinite contaminations, appeared everywhere. I don’t smoke, share food or drinks, touch doorknobs or anything on the subway. I try to exercise. I take superfluous vitamins and supplements, and I take them with water.

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Contest: Share a Bike Photo—and Your Best Bike Story

Send us a great bike photo and story and you could win up to $5,000 for a nonprofit of your choice.


This post is in partnership with CLIF Bar

If there's one thing we love, it’s bikes! Whether it’s for commuting, adventure, or exercise, biking is a great way to travel while leaving a light carbon footprint. If you consider that each mile you travel by bike instead of car prevents one pound of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere, it's clear that bike riding is the way to go.

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