Singaporean Women's Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Attitudes Toward HPV Vaccination
DOI: 10.1080/03630240903158420
Title: Singaporean Women's Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Attitudes Toward HPV Vaccination
Journal Title: Women & Health
Volume: Volume 49
Issue: Issue 4
Publication Date: September 2009
Start Page: 334
End Page: 351
Published online: 14 Sep 2009
ISSN: 0363-0242
Author: Marian Pitts BA and PhD and AFBPS and MAPSa, Anthony Smith BSc and PhDa, Samantha Croy BAa, Anthony Lyons BBSc and PhDa, Richard Ryall B.App.Scia, Suzanne Garland MB and BS and MD and FRCPA and FAChSHM and FRANZCOG and Ad Eudembc, Mee Lian Wong MBBS and MPH and MDd & Eng Hseon Tay MBBS and FRCOG and NMED and DGO and FAMSe
Affiliations:
a La Trobe University, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society , Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
b The University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Parkville, Victoria, Australia
c Royal Women's Hospital, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Department , Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
d Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine , National University of Singapore , Singapore
e KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Department of Gynaecological Subspecialties and Gynaecological Oncology Unit , Singapore
Abstract: With a vaccination program currently planned to protect Singaporean women from human papillomavirus, a need arises for assessing Singaporean women's knowledge of human papillomavirus and attitudes toward human papillomavirus vaccination to identify barriers to a successful program and to help inform health education campaigns. A representative sample of 2,145 women aged between 18 and 49 years were randomly selected from households throughout Singapore and interviewed with a similar questionnaire to that used in a recent study of Australian women. Although Singaporean women's knowledge of human papillomavirus was poor, with only 20% having heard of it, attitudes toward human papillomavirus vaccination were generally positive. The most trusted sources of information about human papillomavirus and vaccination were gynecologists and general practitioners. Based on our findings, an urgent need exists in Singapore for accurate and accessible information about human papillomavirus and the benefits of vaccination.
Accepted: 25 May 2009

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