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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-94
Awareness about Human Papilloma Virus and its vaccine among medical students

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, India

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Geetika Goel
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.112438

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Background: Cancer of the uterine cervix is the most common malignancy amongst women in India. Identification of its pre-cancerous lesions and prevention by HPV vaccine may go a long way in decreasing the incidence. Aim: The aim was to study the awareness about the various aspects of the HPV infection and vaccine among medical students. Settings and Design: It was a cross-sectional study conducted in a tertiary care hospital of Delhi. Materials and Methods: 150 medical students aged between 18-25 years were requested to complete a 35 point questionnaire regarding cervical malignancy, HPV infection, HPV vaccine and the answers were then analyzed. Results: None of the students knew the correct incidence of cervical cancer in India and 18% of them did not know that the HPV vaccination prevents cervical cancer and 50% thought that vaccination induces false sense of security. Fifty percent were unaware of HPV infection and its association with other STD's and cervical cancer. The information regarding the mechanism of action, dosage, schedule and cost of the HPV vaccine was lacking in majority of them. The limitation of this study is that it does not reflect the knowledge or awareness of a layman or full-fledged medical doctor. Conclusions: To conclude gaps in knowledge regarding HPV infection and vaccination existed amongst the medical students and a more integrated teaching regarding HPV carcinogenesis, vaccination and cervical cancer needs to be introduced.

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