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J Am Coll Health. 2011;59(4):296-302. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2010.503725.

Knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors: examining human papillomavirus-related gender differences among African American college students.

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Health Outcomes and Behaviors Program, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, USA. Shalanda.Bynum@moffitt.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Given recent approval for administration of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to men, it is important to assess the HPV-related perspectives of men and women. The purpose of this study was to examine gender differences in HPV knowledge, beliefs, and vaccine acceptance among college students attending 3 historically black colleges/universities in the Southeast.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

A nonprobability sample of 575 students completed a self-report questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Males were significantly less likely to have heard of HPV, scored lower in HPV knowledge, were less likely to perceive HPV health outcomes as severe and that there was a benefit to vaccinate, reported fewer cues for vaccine acceptance, and perceived more barriers to vaccination compared to females (all p < .05).

CONCLUSIONS:

The gender disparities demonstrated in this study highlight the need to increase HPV-related communication/education to include men and to extend HPV research to a broader segment of the college population.

PMID:
21308590
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2010.503725
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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