245589 HINTS 2007: Analysis of factors influencing HPV vaccination

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lourdes Martinez-Cox, MS , College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Background: Studies have shown that Latinos demonstrate high levels of general vaccine acceptability. Given the high incidence and prevalence of cervical cancer in Latino women, HPV vaccination may help to curb the rate of infection in this population.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey data from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey were used to compare knowledge and beliefs about HPV vaccination among Hispanic and non-Hispanic groups. The sample (N=7,674) included women (60%) and men (40%). Cross-tabulations using chi square analysis were run comparing ethnicity to variables of interest: knowledge of HPV and HPV vaccination, experience discussing vaccination with a provider, and beliefs about vaccinating respondents' female child.

Results: More non-Hispanics had heard about the vaccine (70%) and HPV (68%) compared to Hispanics (50%, 55%) respectively. Hispanics reported having a health provider speak to them about the test (16%) more than non-Hispanics (11%). Nearly 60% of both groups reported they would vaccinate a female child, whereas less than 20% of both groups reported they would not vaccinate the child. Both groups equally cited not having enough information about the vaccine as the main reason for not vaccinating.

Conclusion: Knowledge about HPV and the HPV vaccine are the most influential factors towards obtaining HPV vaccination in this sample. Public health efforts should focus on increasing awareness of HPV, the vaccine, and the connection between cervical cancer and HPV.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe factors influencing HPV vaccination, 2) Describe opportunities for increasing knowledge about HPV and HPV vaccination.

Keywords: Latino, Health Communications

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked as a health education specialist and health communication specialist for the last seven years. I currently hold a Masters degree in Adult Education and am a second year doctoral student in a program of health promotion and behavior.
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.