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BMC Infectious Diseases

, 12:346

Sexually transmitted diseases

Abstract

BackgroundGenital Human papilloma virus HPV is one of the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted Infection STIs in men and women. Knowledge about HPV infection among men is limited. This study aims to determine correlates of adequate knowledge of HPV infection among men who attend an STI clinic in Puerto Rico.

MethodsA cross-sectional study of 206 men was conducted at an STI clinic in San Juan, PR. Adequate knowledge was defined as a score of at least 70% of correct responses among those men who reported having ever heard of HPV. Variables that achieved statistical significance in the bivariate analysis p<0.05 were included in the multivariate logistic regression model.

ResultsAlthough 52.5% of men reported having heard of HPV infection before the survey, only 29.3% of this sub-group had an adequate knowledge of HPV. Most men did not know that HPV is a risk factor for anal 38.7%, penile 50.0% and oral 72.6% cancer. Factors associated with adequate knowledge of HPV in age-adjusted models were being men who have sex with men MSM OR=2.6;95%CI=1.1-6.1, self-report of genital warts OR=3.2;95%CI=1.3-7.9 and herpes OR=7.4;95% CI=2.2-25.1. MSM was marginally associated with adequate knowledge OR=2.3;95% CI=0.9-5.9 and self-report of herpes remained significantly associated OR=5.0;95%CI=1.3-18.4 in multivariate logistic regression analysis.

ConclusionsAwareness and knowledge of HPV was very low in this group of men. Interventions to increase knowledge and awareness in this group are necessary to promote preventive practices for HPV-related cancers in high-risk groups.

KeywordsHPV HPV knowledge Men Puerto Rico  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Vivian Colón-López - Ana P Ortiz - Lizbeth M Del Toro-Mejías - Hermes García - Michael C Clatts - Joel Palefsky

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