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HPV Knowledge Among HPV+ Women

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Objective : To assess knowledge and information seeking among women recently receiving an HPV+ diagnosis.

Methods : A 2-phase mixed methods design was used. In both phase I (qualitative) and phase II (quantitative), women with scheduled gynecological exams and Pap smears at clinic sites were approached to participate.

Results : Women expressed confusion about HPV, and most could not correctly articulate the meaning of their diagnosis. Women do engage in further information seeking, especially through the Internet.

Conclusion : Identifying gaps in knowledge among HPV+ women who need clear messages to facilitate their comprehension of the diagnosis is an important public health activity.
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Keywords: cervical cancer; human papillomavirus (HPV); pap smear

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Florida Prevention Research Center, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL.

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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