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Awareness and knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer in female students: A survey (with a cautionary note)

Minshall, C; Coombes, R; Cooper, J; Redman, CW; Sherman, SM; Nailer, E

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Authors

C Minshall

R Coombes

J Cooper

CW Redman

E Nailer



Abstract

We conducted a survey to explore levels of awareness and knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer in 170 female students and whether mode of data collection (online vs. paper) affected the results. 27% of women named HPV as a cause of cervical cancer with online respondents more likely to do so. 75% of women had heard of HPV. More online respondents had heard of HPV than paper respondents. 127 women reported having heard of HPV, with a mean knowledge score of 2.989 (standard deviation [SD] 1.599). Online respondents scored higher (3.57, SD 1.316) than paper respondents (2.688, SD 1.591). Knowledge and awareness of HPV and its link to cervical cancer appear to have increased which may be related to the HPV vaccination programme. However, there is still a considerable number of women with little to no knowledge of HPV. Online surveys may result in an inflated estimation of awareness and knowledge.

Citation

Minshall, C., Coombes, R., Cooper, J., Redman, C., Sherman, S., & Nailer, E. (2015). Awareness and knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer in female students: A survey (with a cautionary note). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 76 -80. https://doi.org/10.3109/01443615.2015.1041886

Acceptance Date Sep 25, 2015
Publication Date Sep 25, 2015
Journal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Print ISSN 0144-3615
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Pages 76 -80
DOI https://doi.org/10.3109/01443615.2015.1041886
Keywords cervical cancer, HPV awareness, online survey, students, women
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/01443615.2015.1041886

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