HPV vaccination motivesof young men receiving dose one in tandem with a female sex partner
Monday, November 4, 2013
: 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Objective: The Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices recommends the use of HPV vaccination for young males. Models suggest that by the year 2050, HPV-related cancers in men could decrease by 27% if the proposed vaccination strategies for males are successful. Unfortunately, very little is known about optimizing coverage for males. We conducted a pilot study to explore young men's post-injection motives for receiving this vaccine. Methods: Recruitment of young males (age 18-26) to accept dose one of the vaccine occurred at two campuses of a small community college. The college announced and provided free vaccination to the males reporting as a member of a couple. After consenting to participate in the study, males completed a brief survey and received dose one. Results: Data were collected from 32 males. Forty-seven percent indicated their greatest motivation for vaccination was self-protection. Twenty-five percent indicated their greatest motivation was protection of their partner, and only 1 (3%) indicated being vaccinated due to partner encouragement. Knowledge of HPV causing genital warts was associated with reporting self-protection as the greatest motivation for vaccination (p=.04). Age (p=.32), number of lifetime sex partners (p=.84), and knowledge of HPV-associated maladies (p=.33) were not associated with the motive of self-protection. Conclusion: Among college-age males presenting themselves as part of a heterosexual couple, the most common motive for HPV vaccination was self-protection. Only fear of genital warts was associated with this motive. Further studies, and vaccine promotion efforts for this population should capitalize on men's motive to avoid contracting genital warts.
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Assess the motivational affect of female partners on male uptake of HPV vaccination.
Identify prioritized motivations for male uptake of HPV vaccination.
Keyword(s): Cancer Prevention, Male Health
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as the associate director of the UK Rural Cancer Prevention Center for the past 3 years and in that capacity oversee the design and implementation of research projects focused on decreasing cancer risks by increasing cancer screenings and behavior change. One area of our research is decreasing cancer risks associated with HPV, by promoting HPV vaccination.
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