Knowledge and beliefs about HPV infection and the relevant vaccination in Greek young population

Tsagkas, N., Siafaka, V., Tzallas, A., Zerzi, C., Zografou, M., Bilirakis, E., Paraskevaidi, Maria, Kyrgiou, M and Paraskevaidis, E (2019) Knowledge and beliefs about HPV infection and the relevant vaccination in Greek young population. European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology, 40 (4). pp. 557-562. ISSN 0392-2936

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Background: Infection by HPV oncogenic subtypes is the causative agent of half a million cancer cases in developed countries every year. The objective of the present study was to assess: the knowledge and beliefs of young Greeks about HPV infection and potential factors that discourage them from HPV vaccination. Materials and Methods: The present group consisted of 825 individuals, 18-35-years-old, who voluntarily completed some questionnaires. Results: The attitude and consequent decision of women, considering HPV vaccination is associated with general vaccination attitude, mothers' beliefs, parents' educational level, family income, knowledge about HPV, the doctor's attitude, and individual's health beliefs. Conclusion: In Greece, as well as in other countries where HPV vaccination is neither a mandatory nor a school-based program, increased education of physicians and parents would substantially enhance HPV vaccination acceptance. Intervention strategies should focus more on providing adequate and reliable information to eliminate any doubts on HPV vaccine's safety and efficacy.

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