Midadult women's attitudes about receiving the prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccine

Daron G. Ferris, Jennifer L. Waller, Ashley Owen, Jozette Smith

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OBJECTIVE.: To determine midadult (age, ≥25 years) women's attitudes about receiving the prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. MATERIALS AND METHODS.: Four hundred seventy-two women 25 years or older completed a 46-question survey, read an educational sheet about HPV and HPV vaccines, and then completed a 23-item survey. Frequency data were reported, and interventional effects measured by Bowker test of symmetry. RESULTS.: After educational intervention, 50% of mid-adult women wanted to receive the vaccine, and 34.3% were undecided. A desire to be healthy (48.9%), prevent cervical cancer (42.8%), and fear of cervical cancer (35.8%) were the most common reasons for wanting the vaccine. The main reasons for not wanting the vaccine included being in a monogamous relationship (29.5%), not being at risk for acquiring HPV (15.0%), and practicing safe sex (10.8%). CONCLUSIONS.: Midadult women have a high level of acceptance for the HPV vaccine. Our findings help support future implementation of the vaccine in this catch-up population of receptive women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007



  • Acceptance
  • Attitudes
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Midadult women
  • Survey
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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