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Parental Knowledge and Attitudes about Human Papilloma Virus in Iran

  • Ghojazadeh, Morteza (Liver and Gastrointestinal Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Naghavi-Behzad, Mohammad (Medical Philosophy and History Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Azar, Zahra Fardi (Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Saleh, Parviz (Infectious and Tropical Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Ghorashi, Sona (Young Researchers Club, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University) ;
  • Pouri, Ali-Asghar (Liver and Gastrointestinal Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences)
  • Published : 2012.12.31

Abstract

Infection by human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of common sexually transmitted diseases leading to cervical cancer. Evaluation of parental knowledge and attitudes toward HPV were aims of present study to provide an appropriate method to decrease burden of this infection on society. During this study, 358 parents were assessed for knowledge about HPV and its related disorders. Some 76% of parents had no information about HPV infection and among the informed parents 36% had obtained their information via internet and others from studying medical resources. The average score of mothers information about HPV infection was higher than that of fathers, and also educational level and age had significant impact on knowledge of parents about HPV. Parent knowledge about the hazards of HPV was higher than their knowledge about modes of transmission. Lack of awareness about HPV infection was high in this study, underlining the urgency of education among all adult people in our society.

Keywords

Human papillomavirus;sexually transmitted diseases;parental knowledge;Iran

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