Sherman, SM, Nailer, E, Minshall, C, Coombes, R, Cooper, J and Redman, CW (2015) Awareness and knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer in female students: A survey (with a cautionary note). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 36 (1). 76 -80. ISSN 1364-6893

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We conducted a survey to explore levels of awareness and knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer in 170 female students and whether mode of data collection (online vs. paper) affected the results. 27% of women named HPV as a cause of cervical cancer with online respondents more likely to do so. 75% of women had heard of HPV. More online respondents had heard of HPV than paper respondents. 127 women reported having heard of HPV, with a mean knowledge score of 2.989 (standard deviation [SD] 1.599). Online respondents scored higher (3.57, SD 1.316) than paper respondents (2.688, SD 1.591). Knowledge and awareness of HPV and its link to cervical cancer appear to have increased which may be related to the HPV vaccination programme. However, there is still a considerable number of women with little to no knowledge of HPV. Online surveys may result in an inflated estimation of awareness and knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology on 25 September 2015, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: cervical cancer, HPV awareness, online survey, students, women
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 09:53
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 11:03

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