Hollywood actor Michael Douglas, 72, blamed oral sex for giving him throat cancer in 2010.The HPV vaccination is currently given to girls aged 12 to 13 but not boys.Dentists are often the first to spot the symptoms of a number of HPV-related cancers during check-ups.

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For those over 15, three vaccinations is required which costs £450.

But campaigners argue that a free NHS programme will encourage the best uptake, A recent survey carried out by HPV Action of over 1,500 British GPs and dentists revealed that 95 per cent believe the national HPV vaccination programme should cover both boys and girls.

And while most infections disappear on their own, without even displaying symptoms, some strains can lead to cancer, notably cervical, which in around 90 per cent of cases is caused by HPV.

It is also linked to penile, anal, throat, head and neck cancer, as well as genital warts.

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Different types of HPV are classed as either high risk or low risk, depending on the conditions they can cause.

For instance, some types of HPV can cause warts or verrucas. In 99 per cent of cases, cervical cancer occurs as a result of a history of infection with high-risk types of HPV. Infection with some high-risk types of HPV can cause abnormal tissue growth as well as other cell changes that can lead to cervical cancer.

In April pharmacy chain Boots UK launched a new private vaccination service from the age of 12 to 44.