Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Knowledge of HPV among HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Adolescent Women in South Africa

Knowledge of HPV among HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Adolescent Women in South Africa

Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer among HIVinfected and HIV-uninfected female adolescents in South Africa. Methods: Subjects were recruited from a parent study of HPV infection comprised of females ages 16-21 in Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa. A total of 30 subjects, 15 HIV-infected and 15 HIV-uninfected, were selected via randomization and completed a measure of HPV knowledge, based on a previously validated instrument. The study took place in May 2013. Results: The overall mean score on the measure for all subjects was 43.3% (S.D. 10.9). There was no significant difference in HPV knowledge between the HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected groups. Based on results from a previous large-scale study using the same validated measure, this sample scored significantly worse on general HPV knowledge than samples from the US, UK, and Australia. Conclusion: Given the limited knowledge of HPV in this sample, there is greater need for education about the prevention of cervical cancer, specifically among high-risk adolescent women.

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