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[Young men’s knowledge about the human papillomavirus]

BALLA Bettina Claudia1, TEREBESSY András1, TÓTH Emese1, BALÁZS Péter1

AUGUST 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(07-08)

[Introduction - Nearly the fifth of more than 100 HPV serotypes affect the anogenital region causing genital warts, penile and anal cancer. The incidence of male pathologies is lower than that of females (genital warts, vaginal, vulvar, cervical and anal cancer), however they are equally important in epidemiological terms. Methods - The aim of our questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was to assess the HPV-related knowledge of young men in 19 randomly selected high schools in Budapest. The anonymous questionnaires contained 54 items about socio-demographic and lifestyle factors, HPV-related knowledge and the attitude toward HPV vaccination. Results - We collected 530 completed questionnaires (86.74% response rate). 35.3% of the students knew that HPV was an STD and 3.2% was aware of transmission via skin contact. The majority (52.5%) linked cervical cancer to the viral infection, 7.7% linked HPV to the genital warts of females and 8.3% to the genital warts of males, 9.8% to penile cancer and 4.2% to anal cancer. 44.7% of the young men would have their future children vaccinated, while 24.5% remained uncertain. Conclusions - The young men’s knowledge about HPV was poor and they underestimated the risk of infection. This emphasizes the importance of targeted health education in this population. However, the students were mostly in favour of the HPV vaccination.]

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  1. Semmelweis Egyetem, ÁOK, Népegészségtani Intézet

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