Attitude, acceptability and knowledge of HPV vaccination among local university students in Hong Kong

Vico Chung Lim Chiang*, Ho Ting Wong, Pui Chun Au Yeung, Yuk Ki Choi, Michelle Sum Yue Fok, Oi In Mak, Hing Yu Wong, Kim Ho Wong, Shui Yan Wong, Yee Shan Wong, Eugene Ying Yeung Wong

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Abstract

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has the great potential to prevent HPV-related infections for millions of women and men worldwide. However, the success of the vaccine is highly dependent on the vaccination rate. Factors influencing the attitudes of undergraduate students towards HPV vaccination should be studied. This is a cross-sectional survey that was conducted to estimate the HPV vaccination rate among undergraduate students in Hong Kong, and to identify the predictors of their attitude towards HPV vaccination. The results showed that the HPV vaccination rate was 13.3%. Factors related to knowledge of vaccination were the main predictors of the students’ attitude towards vaccination (there were seven predictors, with B = 1.36 to 2.30; p < 0.05), followed by gender (B =-1.40; p < 0.05), acceptable maximum price (B = 0.35; p < 0.05), and willingness to receive the HPV vaccine if it can protect against cervical/anal cancer and genital warts (B =-1.90; p<0.001).Theregressionmodelthatwasdevelopedbasedonthepredictorshadamoderateeffect size (adj-R2 = 0.33). To conclude, the HPV vaccination rate among undergraduate students in Hong Kong was low. They should be provided with more active education and activities to promote HPV vaccination to improve their knowledge on the subject.

Original languageEnglish
Article number486
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 11
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • HPV
  • Papillomavirus
  • Undergraduate students
  • Vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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