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Correlates of HPV Knowledge in the Era of HPV Vaccination

Title: Correlates of HPV Knowledge in the Era of HPV Vaccination: A Study of Unvaccinated Young Adult Women.
Name(s): Gerend, Mary, author
Shepherd, Janet, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Until recently, awareness of the sexually transmitted infection human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes cervical cancer—was relatively low. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with HPV knowledge now that HPV vaccines have become widely available. Young adult women (n = 739; aged 18-26 years) attending Florida State University who had not yet initiated HPV vaccination completed a survey between March-August 2009. The survey assessed HPV awareness, HPV knowledge, demographics, socio-political variables, sexual history, and health history variables. Over 97% of participants were aware of HPV prior to study enrollment; however, knowledge of HPV was only moderate. A multivariate regression analysis examining factors related to HPV knowledge revealed five independent correlates: Latina ethnicity, premarital sex values, number of lifetime sexual partners, history of cervical dysplasia, and HIV testing. These variables accounted for 14% of the variance in HPV knowledge. Less knowledge was observed for Latinas and women opposed to premarital sex. Greater knowledge was observed for women who had been tested for HIV and women with more sexual partners or a history of cervical dysplasia. These findings can inform future HPV vaccination campaigns and may be particularly useful in developing interventions for individuals with the largest deficits in HPV knowledge.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0008 (IID), 10.1080/03630242.2011.540744 (DOI)
Keywords: human papillomavirus, human papillomavirus vaccines, sexually transmitted diseases, students
Note: Originally published in Women & Health.
Citation: Gerend MA & Shepherd JE. (2011). Correlates of HPV knowledge in the era of HPV vaccination: A study of unvaccinated young adult women. Women & Health, 51(1): 25-40.
Subject(s): Medical sciences
Mental health
Social psychiatry
Social psychology
Virus diseases
Women -- Health and hygiene
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Women & Health.
Issue: 1, 51

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Gerend, M., & Shepherd, J. (2011). Correlates of HPV Knowledge in the Era of HPV Vaccination: A Study of Unvaccinated Young Adult Women. Women & Health. Retrieved from