Knowledge of human papilloma virus (HPV) in first year medical students from san juan bautista school of medicine, caguas, Puerto Rico during second semester, 2013: A pilot study
Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to first year, medical students from San Juan Bautista, School of Medicine in Caguas Puerto Rico, during the second semester of academic year 2013. A knowledge questionnaire was used based on the guidelines of Jiménez-Herrera (2006). Index was developed using a numerical value scale based on the sum of the affirmative answers of the questionnaire ranging from 0-1 (low), 2-3 (moderate) and 4-5 (higher) knowledge. Descriptive statistics were performed using SPSS version 17.0.
Results: A total sample of 53 students was surveyed. 55% (n= 29) were men and 45% (n=24) were women. Age ranged from 21 to 24 years (58.8%). The main sources of HPV information were college (28.3%) and the news (20.8%). The index showed that 34% of the students had moderate knowledge about the HPV infection.
Discussion: Our results are consistent with previous research demonstrated knowledge deficiencies about HPV among college students. This trait encompasses serious health implications particularly among medical students because of the lack of accuracy to educate their patients about this infection. Intervention strategies and educational efforts to increase knowledge in this group are recommended.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Assess knowledge about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) among young aged college students.
Keyword(s): STD, College Students
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am one of the research students of the project for this abstract for Field Work Course at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine at Caguas, Puerto Rico. Also I am a doctor in medicine and I am related with topics about sexual transmitted diseases.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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