235634 Human Papilloma Virus and Anorectal Carcinoma Knowledge in Men who have Sex with Men

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:00 AM

Christopher Blackwell, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC , College of Nursing, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a known precursor to the development of anorectal carcinoma. Studies indicate men who have sex with men (MSM) have significantly higher rates of acquiring HPV and HIV than their heterosexual counterparts, thus are at an even greater risk for anorectal carcinoma. This article presents findings from a research study designed to gauge baseline knowledge of HPV, anorectal carcinoma, and anorectal screening in a sample of MSM in Orlando, Florida.This sample of 89 males demonstrated low knowledge levels. The overall mean knowledge score was only 38% with 55% indicating they understood the need for anorectal screening; but only 33% had actually discussed this with a physician (6%), nurse (9%) or other healthcare professional (18%). These findings support the need for effective community outreach efforts to promote knowledge and the need for discussion with providers regarding HPV and anorectal carcinoma in this vulnerable population.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. List at least 3 risk factors for HPV infection in MSM. 2. Identify at least 5 knowledge deficits in MSM related to HPV infection and anorectal carcinoma. 3. Describe the role of public health in promoting anorectal carcinoma screening in MSM. 4. List at least 3 interventions public health practitioners can provide to encourage anorectal carcinoma knowledge and screening in MSM.

Keywords: Infectious Diseases, Gay Men

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have advanced education in public health and have conduced teaching and scholarship in my research concentration area.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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.