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HPV Awareness, Knowledge and Vaccination Attitudes among Church-going African-American Women

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Objectives: The purpose of this exploratory study was to improve understanding of the sociodemographic correlates of human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness, knowledge, and vaccination attitudes in a convenience sample of church-going, African-American women and how knowledge about HPV-related cancers relates to vaccination attitudes for girls and boys. Methods: Participants (N = 308) answered survey questions about HPV awareness, knowledge, and vaccination attitudes. Associations between variables were assessed using Bonferroni-adjusted chi-square tests and regression analyses. Results: Younger age was associated with having heard of HPV and willingness to vaccinate a daughter or son in covariate-adjusted analyses. Younger age and greater education were associated with knowledge that HPV causes cervical cancer. A positive association existed between willingness to vaccinate a daughter or son based on knowledge of the number of cancers associated with HPV. Knowledge that HPV was related to non-cervical cancers was significantly associated with greater willingness to vaccinate sons. Conclusions: Knowledge that HPV causes multiple cancers is important to willingness to vaccinate a child. Education campaigns should emphasize that HPV is also related to non-cervical cancers. African-American women of older age and less education might benefit from church-based HPV educational campaigns.
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Keywords: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN; CHURCH-BASED HEALTH PROMOTION; HPV; HPV-RELATED CANCERS; HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS; VACCINATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, The University of Oklahoma, Department of Health and Exercise Science, Norman, OK 2: Associate Professor, Joint senior scientist, The University of Houston, Department of Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences, Social Determinants/Health Disparities Lab, Houston, TX;, Email: [email protected] 3: Graduate Student, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Houston, TX 4: Associate Professor, Joint senior scientist, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health Disparities Research, Houston, TX

Publication date: November 1, 2016

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