Gordie Gosse

Former MLA Gordie Gosse paves the way for free HPV vaccines for boys in Nova Scotia

Gordie Gosse
I never want anyone else to go through what I have been through.

In April 2014, Gordie Gosse, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Sydney Whitney Pier, announced he had throat cancer. The cancer, which was caused by the HPV virus, was discovered after Gosse had his tonsils removed at a Cape Breton hospital. Gosse, who was forced to resign in April 2015 as a result of complications from the disease, led a determined campaign to make the HPV vaccine available to boys. 

Gosse’s passionate campaign brought much-needed attention to this important cause. In April 2015, the Nova Scotia government announced its decision to provide the HPV vaccine to Grade 7 boys in the province as part of the regular school-based immunization program, a move that was called groundbreaking in the media. Girls in Nova Scotia have been receiving the vaccine since 2007.

Nova Scotia was the 3rd province to make the HPV vaccine available to boys, following the lead of PEI and Alberta.  

Many of the important advances in the path to understanding HPV in cancer have been made by researchers funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, leading to major impacts on cancer care worldwide. The Society continues to support research on HPV and cancer, providing more than $4 million in research funding over the past 15 years.