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Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 187-190

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HPV Vaccine Awareness and Knowledge Among Women Living with HIV

  • L. T. WigfallAffiliated withDepartment of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South CarolinaSouth Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina Email author 
  • , S. A. BynumAffiliated withDepartment of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • , H. M. BrandtAffiliated withSouth Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South CarolinaDepartment of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • , J. R. HébertAffiliated withSouth Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South CarolinaDepartment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

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Abstract

Cervical cancer risk is increased among women living with HIV (WLH). Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination has been shown to be safe and immunogenic among WLH. We examined HPV vaccine awareness and HPV knowledge among WLH. This cross-sectional study collected data from 145 WLH between March 2011 and April 2012. An interviewer-administered survey assessed HPV vaccine awareness and knowledge. Stata/IC 13 was used to perform chi-square tests and multivariate logistic regression analyses. Our sample was 90 % non-Hispanic black and 64 % earned <$10,000/year. Few (38 %) had heard of the HPV vaccine. Half (50 %) knew that HPV caused cervical cancer. HPV vaccine awareness was ten times higher among WLH who knew HPV caused cervical cancer (OR = 10.17; 95 % CI 3.82–27.06). HPV vaccine awareness is low among WLH. Cancer prevention efforts aimed at raising awareness about the HPV vaccine and increasing knowledge about HPV are necessary first steps in reducing cervical cancer disparities among WLH.

Keywords

Awareness Cervical cancer HIV-positive HPV vaccine Knowledge