Knowledge, attitude towards human papillomavirus and hpv vaccine among female medical personnel of a tertiary care teaching hospital in India
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2022, Volume 9, Issue 9, Pages 453-464
AbstractCervical cancer is the second most prevalent cancer among Indian women, accounting for 6-29% of all cancers among Indian women. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the disease-causing agent. Recent technological advancements have led to the development of a vaccination to prevent HPV infection. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of knowledge about human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and vaccination among female medical personnel at a tertiary teaching hospital.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among female medical personnel of a teaching hospital of a tertiary care. They were assured confidentiality and given a questionnaire regarding HPV infection and HPV vaccine.
Results: About 94.3% of participants identified HPV as the cause of cervical cancer, whereas 5.7% of participants were unaware of the association. About 72.1% were aware of the availability of the vaccination to prevent HPV infection, while 3.3% answered incorrectly and 24.6% were unaware. 31% of participants understood the correct age of vaccine initiation, 23% answered incorrectly, and 45.9% of participants did not know the answer. Only 4.1% of participants have had the HPV vaccination. 63.9 percent of participants did not agree to get vaccinated against HPV because they believed it would give them a false feeling of security, and 68.8 percent of participants were opposed to the systematic vaccination of the young Indian population against HPV because sexual exposure happens at a later age. 73% of participants cited a vaccination age of >25 years.
Conclusion: Insufficient medical personnel understanding leads to ignorance among public. Therefore, health personnel must be educated on the numerous components of HPV, cervical malignancies, and their prevention.
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