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Attitude to cervical cancer screening and sexual behavior among HPV vaccinated young women: a qualitative pilot study
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1944-773X
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala,.
2013 (English)In: Health, ISSN 1949-4998, E-ISSN 1949-5005, Vol. 5, no 7A4, p. 13-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: To explore attitudes to cervical cancer screening and sexual behaviour among human papillomavirus (HPV)-vaccinated young women in southern Sweden. Methods: Sixteen women aged 17-26 years who had received the HPV vaccine were submitted to an individual semi-structured interview. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were analysed qualitatively by means of latent content analysis. Results: The interviewees had a poor understanding of cervical cancer screening. After it was explained to them, they stated that they were willing to participate in the screening. The young women thought their future sexual behaviour would not be affected by the vaccination. They considered themselves to be more aware of it and less likely to engage in risky behaviour than their peers. They knew little about the relation among HPV, sexual transmission and cervical cancer, and they expressed a desire for more information. Conclusions: These young women who recently had been administered HPV vaccine had a limited understanding of the importance of participating in future cervical cancer screening. It is necessary that more and more appropriate information of cervical cancer screening be given on the occasion of the HPV vaccination.

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2013. Vol. 5, no 7A4, p. 13-18
Keywords [en]
HPV, Sexual behavior, cervical cancer screening
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16236DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.57A4002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16236DiVA, id: diva2:467157
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