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Title: Beliefs about cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) and acceptability of HPV vaccination among Chinese women in Hong Kong
Authors: Lee, PWH
Kwan, TTC
Tam, KF
Chan, KKL
Young, PMC
Lo, SST
Cheung, ANY
Ngan, HYS
Keywords: Asian women
Cervical cancer
HPV
HPV vaccination
Prevention
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
Source: Preventive medicine, 2007, v. 45, no. 2-3, p. 130-134 How to cite?
Journal: Preventive Medicine 
Abstract: Objective: To assess the knowledge and beliefs on cervical cancer and HPV infection and to evaluate the acceptability of HPV vaccination among Chinese women. Methods: Seven focus groups were conducted with ethnic Chinese women aged 18-25 (n = 20), 26-35 (n = 13), and 36 and above (n = 16) in a community women's health clinic in Hong Kong in 2006. The discussions were audio taped, transcribed and analyzed. Recurrent themes related to cervical cancer, HPV infection and vaccination were highlighted. Results: Diverse conceptions on likely causes of cervical cancer were noted, covering biological, psychological, environmental, lifestyle and sexual factors. Most women had not heard of HPV and its mode of transmission. The participants had difficulties understanding and accepting the linkage between cervical cancer and the sexually transmitted HPV infection. HPV infection was seen as personally stigmatizing with significant adverse impact on self-esteem and significant relationships. Participants favored HPV vaccination both for themselves and their teenage daughters if authoritative endorsement was provided. Conclusion: Inadequate knowledge and misconceptions on cervical cancer and HPV were common. Most participants welcomed and favored having HPV vaccination. Apart from promoting HPV vaccination, cervical cancer prevention should also include strategies to promote knowledge and minimize the stigmatizing effect of a sexually transmitted HPV infection.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/11210
DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2007.07.013
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