Introduction/Background The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most important sexually transmitted infections in the world due to its health implications. Systematic vaccination against HPV is currently considered the most effective intervention for the control of infection and prevention of the disease burden associated with HPV. The aims of this study were to estimate the knowledge about HPV infection and the prevalence of adult women who received a vaccine to prevent HPV in our population.
Methodology A transversal descriptive design was carried out in adult women between 18 and 60 years old from the island of Gran Canaria (Spain) through a questionnaire with 10 questions about HPV and vaccines. 538 women participated anonymously and voluntarily.
Results The average age was 40 years. The 89.9% had heard about HPV. The 10.1% say they do not know anything about HPV. The 92.6% mentioned that the main route of transmission is through sexual contact. The 76.2% think that HPV has a cure. 10.5% reported having had HPV infection at some point in their lives. The main means of information are through a health professional (31.4%), through friendships or family (29.1%) and through television (18.2%). 68.4% were aware of the existence of HPV vaccines, however only 9.5% reported having been vaccinated.
Conclusion Despite the dissemination of information, there is still part of the population that has not heard about HPV or that lack knowledge about its form of infection. Knowledge is a key point to increase vaccination rates, and health care providers play an important role in providing information on HPV prevention.
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