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J Am Board Fam Med. 2009 Jan-Feb;22(1):34-42. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2009.01.080008.

Variables associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance by men.

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Department of Family Medicine and Obstetrics, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 30912-3500, USA. dferris@mcg.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine correlates of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance for men.

METHODS:

A convenience sample of men aged 18 to 45 years read a one-page information sheet about HPV and the HPV vaccine, then completed a 29-item questionnaire. chi(2) tests were used to determine whether differences in demographic, sexual, and vaccine-related variables existed between levels of wanting the HPV vaccine.

RESULTS:

Positive correlates of HPV vaccine acceptance included higher education (P < .0001); hispanic ethnicity (P = .0003); wearing a seat belt most of the time (P = .02); regular tobacco use (P = <.001); not being sexually active (P = .0008); history of more than 10 female sexual partners (P = .0004); not having oral sex (P = .045); extreme worry about vaccine side effects (P < .0001); extreme concern about vaccine safety (P < .0001); the importance of getting vaccines (P < .0001); familiarity with HPV (P < .0001); and extreme importance of receiving the HPV vaccine (P < .0001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Men with greater general education, high-risk behaviors, and knowledge about HPV are more likely to want the HPV vaccine. Focused educational efforts should facilitate even wider acceptance of the HPV vaccine by men.

PMID:
19124631
DOI:
10.3122/jabfm.2009.01.080008
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