Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.14279/14121
Title: State of knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccine and testing: a cross-sectional study among female university students in Cyprus
Authors: Ioannou, Gavriella 
Papatheodorou, Stefania 
Yiallourou, Anneza 
Theologou, Rafaella 
Charalambous, Ioanna 
Nikolopoulos, Georgios K. 
Pantavou, Katerina G. 
Nikolaou, Stefania 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
Keywords: HPV;HPV knowledge;Testing;Vaccination;Young women
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Source: Women and Health, 2019, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 26-42
Volume: 60
Issue: 1
Start page: 26
End page: 42
Journal: Women and Health 
Abstract: This study aimed to evaluate human papillomavirus (HPV)-related knowledge of women aged 18–25 years and estimate the reported uptake of HPV vaccine and testing. A cross-sectional study was conducted among female students of the University of Cyprus between March and April 2017. The participants self-completed a questionnaire, which consisted of 37 items on demographics, general HPV-related knowledge, and HPV vaccination and testing. In total, 283 young females (mean age: 19.7 ± 1.5 years) took part in the study. Of these, about half (53.7%) reported that they were aware of HPV; one-third (30.7%) reported having been vaccinated; 38.8% had been informed of the recent introduction of the HPV vaccine in the National Immunization Schedule in Cyprus, while 14.3% reported a previous Pap-test and 3.4% a previous HPV DNA test. The mean Overall Knowledge Index (max: 25 correct answers) was 6.1 (±3.8) and was positively associated with the reported uptake of the HPV vaccine (adjusted Odds ratio: 1.14, 95% Confidence Interval (CI): 1.04–1.24). Knowledge about HPV has to be improved as it is associated with increased reported rates of HPV vaccination.
ISSN: 15410331
DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2019.1610825
Rights: © Taylor & Francis
Type: Article
Affiliation : University of Cyprus 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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