The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has recommended the Gardasil® vaccine for gay and bisexual men in Canada. Vaccination series requires a total of 3 shots over a period of about 6 months for full protection. While recommended for use, not all provinces have publicly funded Gardasil® and Gardasil® 9 for gay and bisexual men.
Gardasil® is recommended and now publicly funded for gay and bisexual men in British Columbia under 27 at no cost. You can get vaccinated at all HIM Health Centres in the Lower Mainland, or at most pharmacies. If you are eligible for participation, no prescription is required. For guys 27 and over, Gardasil® is available for a fee. Gardasil® 9 is not currently publicly funded for gay and bisexual men in British Columbia, but is available for a fee at most pharmacies.
To find a HIM health centre, check out: http://checkhimout.ca/him-sexual-health-centre/
Gardasil® is not currently publicly funded for gay and bisexual men over 18 years of age in Alberta. Gardasil® is offered to boys and girls in grade 5, although students are eligible to receive the vaccine for free until grade 12. You can purchase the vaccine at an eligible pharmacy, no prescription is required.
For more information about HPV vaccinations in Alberta, check out: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/service.aspx?id=1026220
Gardasil® is recommended and now publicly funded for gay and bisexual men in Ontario under 27 at no cost. You can get vaccinated at any sexual health clinic in Ontario, or speak to your doctor. Starting September 2016, Gardasil® will be offered free in grade 7 provided by Public Health nurses through the school system. For guys 27 and over, Gardasil® is available for a fee.
To find your local sexual health clinic, check out: http://sexualhealthontario.ca/find-a-clinic/
For more information about HPV vaccinations in Ontario, check out: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/hpv/hpv_faqs.aspx#vaccine
Pharmacies, Cost & Payment
The Gardasil® vaccine is also available at cost at most pharmacies in Canada, and may be covered through health insurance from your employer or school. Gardasil® may require a prescription. If you have an extended health plan which covers HPV vaccination for men, you will need a prescription from your doctor. Gardasil® 9 is slightly more expensive per dose than Gardasil®. Like Gardasil®, you will need a prescription from your doctor for extended health plan coverage.
Vaccination involves getting 3 shots over a period of about 6 months. Gardasil® costs about $150 per dose ($450 in total for the 3 required shots), while Gardasil® 9 costs about $180 per dose ($540 in total). Check to see whether your province or insurance provider will cover your Gardasil® vaccine, and if so, whether they will also cover Gardasil® 9.