Knowledge, Beliefs and Attitudes of Somali Men in Olmsted County, Minnesota, U.S., on the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine and Cervical Cancer Screening: January 17, 2015

Uzoma Abakporo, Abdirahman Hussein, James W Begun, Tetyana P Shippee

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Abstract

This study explores the general knowledge of Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and cervical cancer screening (CCS) among Somali men in the U.S., who are major decision-makers in Somali households. HPV infects both men and women, and causes genital warts and cervical cancer (CC). High mortality from CC persists among minorities due to low uptake of preventive tools. Eleven questions assessed general knowledge of HPV and CCS among 30 Somali male respondents. The knowledge of HPV and CCS by education level, age, and years lived in the U.S., was assessed using the health belief model. Most respondents had no knowledge of HPV vaccine and CCS, and low perceived susceptibility to HPV infection. There is need for more research on Somali men’s attitude to HPV vaccine and CCS uptake among Somali adolescents and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1230-1235
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • Cancer screening
  • Cervical cancer
  • HPV vaccine
  • Immigrant health
  • Somalia

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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