“I don’t think I have a chance to get it”: International university student HPV knowledge and preventive behaviors

Chigozie A. Nkwonta, Robin M. Dawson, Adebola Adegboyega

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Abstract

Objective: Half of new human papilloma virus ((HPV)) infections occur between the ages of 15 and 24. As preventive measures are underutilized globally; international university students are at particular risk for HPV infection and sequelae. The study aim was to explore HPV knowledge and preventive behaviors in this population. Participants: Eighty-one undergraduate and graduate international university students (49 females, 32 males) at a southeastern university. Methods: Exploratory sequential mixed methods guided by the Health Belief Model. Results: Integrated qualitative/quantitative data revealed four themes mapped to relevant HBM constructs: Perceived susceptibility to HPV; Perceived benefits/Perceived barriers to HPV prevention; Cues to Action; and Likelihood of Engaging in Health-Promoting Behavior. Over half believed they were not at risk for HPV/sequelae. Only a quarter had received HPV vaccination. Conclusions: International university students represent an important catch-up population for HPV screening/vaccination. Results can be used to design and tailor interventions for this vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-247
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • Behaviors
  • cancers
  • human papilloma virus
  • knowledge
  • prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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