198961 Men's awareness, perceptions and knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and vaccine

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:35 AM

Tina Q. Tan, MD , Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Leena Bhattacharya, MD , Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Melvin V. Gerbie, MD , Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Background: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). A prophylactic vaccine is currently in clinical trials in males.

Objective: To examine the awareness, perception of risk, and knowledge of HPV disease and HPV vaccine among young educated males.

Design/Methods: Voluntary, anonymous survey administered to male students from medical and law schools in Chicago, IL. For HPV knowledge score, 1 point given for each of 6 questions answered correctly (maximum score 6).

Results: 1,195 students completed the survey. 68.5% were Caucasian, 19.6% Asian, 3.4% Hispanic, 2% Black and 5.4% other races. 9% smoked. 89.5% were sexually active; 65% became sexually active between 16 and 20 years of age. 19% had 4-6, 11.4% 7-10, and 14.2% more than 10 partners. 21.2% rarely/never used condoms. Thirty percent saw their PCP annually; 26% rarely/never sought routine medical care.

Mean HPV knowledge score was 3.93. 97.2% of the students identified HPV as the cause of cervical cancer; only 63.2% knew HPV caused genital warts with 26.4% identifying HSV-1 as the cause. Seventy-eight percent knew of HPV vaccine; 75.2% would consider receiving vaccine. Primary barriers to receiving HPV vaccine included: not at risk (49.2%), cost (13.5%), and lack of time (9.6%).

Conclusions: This cohort of young males lacked knowledge regarding HPV and genital warts. Most would consider receiving HPV vaccine; the biggest barrier in 50% was perceived lack of risk for HPV disease. Education regarding prevalence of HPV disease and its consequences in males is needed to improve vaccine acceptance and uptake.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the need for targeted education to the male population on the prevalence of HPV disease and its consequences in order to improve HPV vaccine acceptance. Define the persons in the male population at whom the education should be targeted.

Keywords: Immunizations, Adult Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in vaccine trials and in planning, coordinating and organizing vaccine educational activities over the last 15 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Sanofi-Pasteur Vaccines Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements
Merck Vaccine Vaccines Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements
GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements
Wyeth Vaccines Vaccines Speaker's bureau and teaching engagements

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.