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J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2008 Oct;12(4):276-81. doi: 10.1097/LGT.0b013e318167913e.

Men's attitudes toward receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine.

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  • 1Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Center, Department of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912-3500, USA.



To determine men's attitudes toward receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.


Five hundred seventy-one men read a 1-page informational sheet about HPV and the HPV vaccine before completing a 29-item questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were calculated on all variables.


Of these men, 33% wanted to receive the HPV vaccine, 27% did not, and 40% were undecided. The main reasons for wanting the vaccine included a desire to stay healthy (67.4%); prevention of cancer in my sexual partner(s) (52.9%); prevention of anal, penile, and head and neck cancer (41.0%); fear of cancer (33.4%); and prevention of genital warts (32.8%). Being in a monogamous relationship and not at risk (18.9%), not interested (13.8%), and not enough evidence yet to prove that it will help men (8.2%) were the main reasons for not wanting to be vaccinated.


Although many men want to receive the HPV vaccine, more remain undecided. Pending favorable safety and efficacy results from a clinical trial for men, substantial factual education will likely convince many ambivalent men to receive the HPV vaccine.

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