Differing Intentions and Behaviours about the HPV Vaccine among Midwestern Undergraduate Men and Women

Theresa Hunter and Melissa Weinstein

Objective:The objective of this study was to assess male and female undergraduate student’s HPV knowledge and intentions to receive the HPV vaccination.
Design: Cross-sectional survey. Method: A sample of 210 undergraduate students from the Midwestern USA completed a survey questionnaire assessing various aspects related to their attitudes toward the HPV vaccine.
Results: Results show that intentions and behaviours of the HPV vaccine differed between male and female undergraduate students. The study also found that intentions to receive the HPV vaccine were also very low among this population.
Conclusion: The results of this study should encourage the developmental and implementation of campus-wide health education initiatives that discuss the HPV vaccine and benefits for men and women.