Incomplete knowledge - unclarified roles in sex education: Results of a national survey about human papillomavirus infections

E. Marek, T. Dergez, S. Bozsa, K. Gocze, G. Rebek-Nagy, A. Kricskovics, I. Kiss, I. Ember, P. Gocze

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections both in male and female adults in Hungary. A self-administered, anonymous questionnaire was completed by 785 college students and parents between January and May, 2009. The results were analysed by gender and age. Participants' knowledge about HPV and HPV-associated conditions was relatively incomplete. One-third of the respondents had never heard about HPV prior to the survey. Almost half of the respondents (42%) thought that the only sexual way of spreading HPV was vaginal intercourse, while the role of skin-to-skin contact was disregarded (6%). More than one-third of the participants (38%) believed that condoms give full protection from HPV infection. Encouragingly, the majority of respondents (64%) were open to further information about sexually transmitted diseases. The most trusted sources of information were health professionals. When talking about children, parents attributed the major role in delivering information about sexually transmitted diseases to schools. Primary prevention through carefully planned educational programmes may further raise the awareness about HPV-associated conditions, thus reducing the comparatively high mortality of cervical carcinoma in Hungary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-768
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2011

Keywords

  • Health knowledge
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Primary prevention
  • Sex education
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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