Methods: A 31-question survey was developed and IRB approved (WIRB No 1920852-43973015). CSULB Health Sciences students were trained on HPV disease and prevention, and they administered the survey in-person to other students at various locations on campus and recorded the data.
Results: 180 individuals were surveyed from February to April 2018. The average age of the respondents was 21±2 years. The majority (110 out of 180; 61.1%) of the respondents were female. 75 out of 180 (41.7%) respondents were Latino/Hispanic, 62 out of 180 (34.4%) were Caucasian, 30 out of 180 (16.7%) were Asian American and 20 out of 180 (11.1%) were AA. 91 out of 180 (50.6%) indicated that the highest level of education in their immediate family was some college credit, no degree. 91 out of 179 (50.8%) respondents have had > 2 sexual partners, and 134 out of 180 (74.4%) used condoms. 25 out of 179 (14.0%) hadn’t been sexually active. 3 out of 180 (1.7%) had experienced genital warts and 9 out of 131 (6.9%) had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. 36 out of 180 (20.0%) indicated that they had “no knowledge” of HPV. 95 out of 180 (52.8%) received the HPV vaccine, 44 out of 180 (24.4%) had not and 41 out of 180 (22.8%) didn’t know. 106 out of 180 (58.9%) participants did not know that the HPV vaccine is recommended for women and men through age 26, and 89 out of 180 (49.4%) did not know that they can get the HPV vaccine at the college student health center or youth friendly clinics.
Conclusion: A considerable proportion of college students are unaware of HPV disease, the age recommendations for the vaccine, who should receive the vaccine and where they can receive it. Educational programs targeting college students may be effective to close the HPV vaccine gaps.
A. Arroyo, None
K. Wade, None
N. Dinh, None
C. Kellogg, None
O. Equils, None