Awareness and knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among adults ages 27–45 years

Erika L. Thompson, Christopher W. Wheldon, Brittany L. Rosen, Sarah B. Maness, Monica L. Kasting, Philip M. Massey

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Abstract

Objective: Recent guidelines indicate adults 27–45 years old can receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine based on a shared-decision with their healthcare provider. With this expansion in recommendations, there is a need to examine the awareness and knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among this age group for cancer prevention. Methods: HINTS-5 Cycle-2 is a national survey of US adults, and was restricted to a complete case analysis of adults ages 27–45 years (N = 725). Sociodemographic, healthcare, and health information correlates were assessed for the outcomes of HPV awareness, HPV vaccine awareness, knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer, and knowledge of HPV and non-cervical cancers. Survey-weighted logistic regression models were conducted. Results: Most respondents were aware of HPV (72.9%) and HPV vaccination (67.1%). Respondents were more likely to be aware of HPV and HPV vaccination if they were female, had a higher level of education, and had previous cancer information seeking behaviors. Although there was widespread knowledge of HPV as a cause of cervical cancer (79.6%), knowledge of HPV as a cause of non-cervical cancers was reported by a minority of respondents (36.1%). College education was positively associated with cervical cancer knowledge (aOR = 4.62; 95%CI: 1.81–11.78); however, no significant correlates were identified for non-cervical HPV associated cancer knowledge. Conclusion: While more than half of adults ages 27–45 years are aware of HPV and HPV vaccination, there are opportunities to improve awareness and knowledge, particularly related to non-cervical cancers, as these are critical first steps toward shared decision-making for HPV vaccination in mid-adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3143-3148
Number of pages6
JournalVaccine
Volume38
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Mar 2020

Keywords

  • Adults
  • Awareness
  • HPV
  • Knowledge
  • Vaccine

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    Thompson, E. L., Wheldon, C. W., Rosen, B. L., Maness, S. B., Kasting, M. L., & Massey, P. M. (2020). Awareness and knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination among adults ages 27–45 years. Vaccine, 38(15), 3143-3148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.01.053