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Does HPV vaccination affect women's attitudes to cervical cancer screening and safe sexual behaviour?
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PMID:  22425789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has the potential to greatly reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by protecting against HPV infections responsible for 70% of cervical cancer diagnoses. However, preliminary research has indicated that women vaccinated against HPV may be less likely to undergo cervical cancer screening and engage in safe sexual behaviour. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether vaccinated and unvaccinated women differ in their (i) knowledge of cervical screening guidelines, (ii) perceived vulnerability to cervical cancer, (iii) cervical screening intentions and uptake, and (iv) attitudes to and engagement in safe sexual behaviour. Participants were 193 female university students (119 vaccine recipients and 74 vaccine non-recipients) who completed online self-report questionnaires. Of all the assessed outcomes, attitudes to safe sexual behaviour were the only significant findings related to vaccination status (p<.001), such that vaccinated women held more positive attitudes to practicing safe sexual behaviour. Less than 5% of participants correctly identified screening guidelines. These findings do not support previous research concluding vaccination could have a detrimental impact on screening and sexual behaviour. Importantly, results highlight poor awareness of screening guidelines, poor levels of consistent condom use (50%) amongst those sexually active, and low uptake of screening (42%) amongst those eligible to be screened. Further research needs to specifically address young women's gaps in knowledge by developing initiatives promoting cervical screening.
Tanya Mather; Kirsten McCaffery; Ilona Juraskova
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Vaccine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2518     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406899     Medline TA:  Vaccine     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED); School of Psychology, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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