Sexual behaviors and HPV vaccine intentions among ethno-racial minority college students
Purpose: Identify sexual behaviors associated with ethno-racial minority student's HPV vaccine intentions.
Methods: Ethno-racial students received study invitations from a southeastern universities' registrar's office and completed web-based surveys Nov-Dec 2011; all items are self-reported. Participants who had not received the HPV vaccine reported if they intended to receive it in the next year.
Results: Among women (n=433), those who intended to vaccinate had significantly fewer (p<0.01) lifetime number of vaginal sex partners (mean=4.6) and lifetime number of oral sex partners (mean=2.7) compared to those not intending to vaccinate (mean=9.1 and 6.0, respectively). Among men (n=230), those who intended to vaccinate had significantly higher (p=0.01) total number of sex partners in the past 12 months (mean=2.4) and fewer (p=0.03) lifetime number of sex partners (mean=9.4) compared to those not intending to vaccinate (mean=1.5 and 11.7, respectively).
Discussion: High prevalence of HPV is a cause of concern for minority men and women. Relationships between sexual behavior and HPV vaccine intention may differ by gender. Determining factors associated with HPV vaccine intentions among those at risk for HPV is important in increasing uptake of the vaccine and decreasing the burden of HPV-related diseases.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Public health or related research
Describe the association between sexual behaviors and HPV vaccine intentions among a racially diverse sample of college students. Discuss factors that can inform development of public health initiatives to increase HPV vaccination rates among ethno-racial minority college students.
Keyword(s): Sexual Risk Behavior, Cancer Prevention
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