Knowledge of human papillomavirus and attitudes to vaccination among Swedish high school students
2009 (English)In: International Journal of STD and AIDS (London), ISSN 0956-4624, Vol. 20, no 2, 102-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the study was to investigate knowledge of and attitudes to sexually transmitted infection (STI) and STI prevention with special focus on human papillomavirus (HPV) and the new vaccine against HPV, among 16-year-old high school students in a Swedish context. A study-specific questionnaire was distributed to 572 first year high school students from five different high schools in a medium-sized town in Sweden. The students lacked knowledge of HPV and its association with cervical cancer. Similarly, their knowledge of the new vaccine was limited. Their attitude to condom use when having sex with a new partner was positive, but decreased if oral contraceptives were used and if they were vaccinated against an STI. The main source of information was the school, followed by youth clinics and the media. The results highlight the clinical importance for school nurses and personnel at youth clinics to inform adolescents about HPV and its association with cancer.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 20, no 2, 102-107 p.
HPV, cervical cancer, vaccination, adolescents, knowledge, Sweden
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-103024DOI: 10.1258/ijsa.2008.008200ISI: 000263622900006PubMedID: 19182055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-103024DiVA: diva2:217227