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Title: Awareness of HPV infection and attitudes toward HPV vaccination among Latvian adolescents
Authors: Patel, Hersha
Pčolkina, Kristine
Strazdina, Kristine
Viberga, Ilza
Sherman, Susan M.
Tincello, Douglas G.
Redman, Charles W.
Rezeberga, Dace
Moss, Esther L.
First Published: 26-Feb-2017
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. for International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Citation: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 2017, 137 (2), pp. 138-144
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To evaluate awareness of HPV and its vaccine among Latvian adolescents. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in a 2-week period in September 2015 among 270 adolescents attending a secondary school in Riga, Latvia. All students present during sexual-health classes (grades 10-12 [aged 16-21 years]) were included. A self-administered paper-based survey assessed sociodemographic factors, sexual behaviours, smear history and knowledge of sexually transmitted infections, HPV and HPV vaccine knowledge, and sources of information. RESULTS: Overall, 121 surveys were completed (62 by male students and 59 by female students). Latvian adolescents lacked awareness of HPV: only 26 (21.5%) had heard of HPV (21 [35.6%] female students vs 5 [8.1%] male students; P<0.001) and 12 (9.9%) of the HPV vaccine. Eighty (66.1%) participants felt inadequately informed about HPV. However, the adolescents partook in high-risk behaviours: 70 (57.9%) students were sexually active, 26 (37.1%) of whom had already had three or more sexual partners. CONCLUSION: Despite the high prevalence of HPV in Latvia, poor knowledge about HPV infection among adolescents could explain low uptake of the HPV vaccine by this high-risk population. Therefore, educational strategies that highlight the consequences of HPV could promote acceptance of vaccination.
DOI Link: 10.1002/ijgo.12117
ISSN: 0020-7292
eISSN: 1879-3479
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2017. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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