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Female University Students' HPV-related Knowledge and Influencing Factors on HPV Vaccination

여대생의 인유두종 바이러스 예방접종 여부에 영향을 미치는 요인

  • Bang, Kyung-Sook (College of Nursing.The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University) ;
  • Sung, Su-Mi (College of Nursing, Seoul National University) ;
  • Koo, Bo-Yeon (College of Nursing, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Min-Ji (College of Nursing, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Yu-Na (College of Nursing, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Jin-Sook (College of Nursing, Seoul National University) ;
  • Ryu, Su-Mi (College of Nursing, Seoul National University)
  • Received : 2011.09.05
  • Accepted : 2011.10.30
  • Published : 2011.11.30

Abstract

Purpose: The primary prevention for cervical cancer, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination, has been available in South Korea and its importance has been emphasized publicly. The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge regarding HPV vaccination and identify the factors associated with HPV vaccination in female university students. Methods: A sample of 200 women among university students in Seoul was asked to answer a questionnaire on HPV-related knowledge and attitude, and influencing factors on HPV vaccination. Results: Among the respondents, 12.0% were HPV vaccinated. Overall HPV-related knowledge was low, and knowledge was not different between the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups. The vaccinated group demonstrated a higher score on the knowledge about the place where people could receive HPV vaccination and the cost of the vaccination than that of the unvaccinated group. The major influencing factor on vaccination was the parent's recommendation and the major barrier for vaccination was the cost of the vaccination. Conclusion: A broadened public campaign is recommended to increase the knowledge and positive attitude towards HPV vaccination for university female students as well as their parents.