261275 Support for HPV mandates among female college students: Attitudes about shared responsibility for both females and males

Monday, October 29, 2012

Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES , Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, The University of Georgia, College of Public Health, Athens, GA
Kelly Wilson, PhD, CHES , Department of Health and Human Performance, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Justin Dickerson, MBA , Department of Health Policy & Management, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH , Social & Behavioral Health, Texas A&M HSC School of Rural Public Health, College Station, TX
Background. Given public health concern about human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer as well as divergent views on the role of public policy in sexual health, contentious debate surrounds questions about whether to mandate HPV vaccination for American youth. While no nationwide mandate currently exists, the support of HPV mandates among young voters has potential to influence national policy. The purposes of this study were to: (1) identify female college students' support for HPV vaccination mandates for both males and females, and for which age groups; (2) examine factors associated with support for HPV vaccine mandates.

Methods. Data were collected from 1,034 female college students aged 18 to 26 by an internet-delivered questionnaire. Logistic regression was performed to understand the association between participants' agreement that approved HPV vaccinations should be mandated for both males and females, and important predictor variables.

Results. Relative to those who did not support HPV vaccine mandates, participants who were non-white (OR=1.58, P=0.043), had sexual intercourse (OR=1.76, P=0.017), and completed the 3-shot HPV vaccination cycle (OR=1.67, P=0.023) were significantly more likely to support that HPV vaccinations should be mandated for both males and females. Participants who supported HPV vaccinations for those ages 9 to 11 (OR=2.68, P=0.019), ages 12 to 17 (OR=7.43, P<0.001), and ages 18 to 26 (OR=9.69, P<0.001) were significantly more likely to support mandated vaccinations for both sexes.

Conclusion. Identifying those who support HPV mandates can help project their potential impact on future support and advocacy for HPV vaccination policy development.

Learning Areas:
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe three characteristics of female college students who support HPV vaccine mandates for both males and females. 2. Assess differences in participant characteristics based on support for HPV vaccine mandates for varying age groups. 3. Discuss two ways in which the support of this population can influence HPV vaccine-related mandates at the state and national level.

Keywords: Reproductive Health, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a sexuality educator and researcher for the past decade, with experience investigating aspects of HPV vaccination uptake.
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.

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