ERIC Number: EJ1030667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Risk Factors, Vaccination Patterns, and Vaccine Perceptions among a Sample of Male College Students
Fontenot, Holly B.; Collins Fantasia, Heidi; Charyk, Anna; Sutherland, Melissa A.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n3 p186-192 2014
Objective: To examine human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates, including initiation and completion of the vaccine series, and barriers to vaccination in a sample of male college students. Participants: Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 who reported being currently or previously sexually active (N = 735). Methods: A cross-sectional Web-based survey was administered during October 2012 at a large public university in the northeast United States. Student e-mail addresses were obtained from the university after institutional review board approval. Results: Although condom use was low and number of lifetime sexual partners was high, 93% reported they were not at risk for sexually transmitted infections. The college men in the sample had low HPV vaccine awareness, knowledge, perceived severity, and perceived susceptibility, and 74% of the sample had not obtained the HPV vaccine. Conclusions: There is a disconnect between actual and perceived risks of HPV and barriers to HPV vaccination exist.
Descriptors: Immunization Programs, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Cancer, Case Studies, Contraception, Barriers, College Students, State Universities, Internet, Surveys, Sexuality, Risk, Males, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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