Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 803–808

Pap Testing, Awareness, and Acceptability of a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Among Chinese American Women

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9607-5

Cite this article as:
Nguyen, G.T., Chen, B. & Chan, M. J Immigrant Minority Health (2012) 14: 803. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9607-5


Little is known about the knowledge and opinions of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among Chinese immigrants, nor the impact of framing HPV as a sexually transmitted infection in this population. A cross-sectional survey was conducted focusing on knowledge and experience with HPV, HPV vaccine, cervical cancer and Pap testing, and attitudes toward HPV vaccine in response to different message frames. Chinese American women were recruited in a community setting (n = 162). Only 19 % had heard of HPV and 38 % had had a Pap test in the last 3 years. Multivariate logistic regression showed that English proficiency was associated with vaccination acceptance and insurance status was associated with HPV awareness; there was no observed correlation with message framing. Chinese American women with limited English proficiency have low HPV awareness. Community-based, culturally appropriate education about cervical cancer and HPV vaccine should be directed toward limited-English proficient Chinese American women.


Human papillomavirus (HPV)VaccineCervical cancerChinese immigrantWomen’s health

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Community HealthUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Graduate Program in Public HealthUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA