Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Human Papillomavirus Test Results in Men

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Abstract:

Objective: To report psychosocial differences between self-reported HPV-positive and HPV-negative Florida men. Method: Men (n=536) in an HPV natural-history study completed a cross-sectional survey (2007-2010). Results: Most participants were white, non-Hispanic, and unmarried with some college education. HPV knowledge was high overall. HPV-positive men reported more negative emotions and perceived threat (P<0.05). HPV-negative men were more likely to disclose test results. Most men (91%) reported strong intentions for the HPV vaccine if it became available for men. Conclusions: Men reported an array of responses to HPV tests with intentions to receive the HPV vaccine. Findings are important for HPV-related health messages for men.

Keywords: HPV; MEN; PSYCHOSOCIAL; VACCINE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.6.5

Affiliations: 1: Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA.; edaley@health.usf.edu 2: Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA 3: Department of Epidemiology, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA 4: Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, USA; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA 5: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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