Ingledue, Kimberly; Cottrell, Randall; Bernard, Amy
March 2004
American Journal of Health Studies;2004, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p28
Academic Journal
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection has reached epidemic proportions in college females due in large part to high risk sexual activity. 1 'his trend indicates a rising wave of cervical cancer in the future, and the importance of regular PAP tests. This study examined HPV/cervical cancer knowledge, perceptions and sexual behaviors among 428 college women ages 18-30 using selected constructs from the Health Belief Model. Results indicate low levels of HPV/cervical cancer knowledge, perceived seriousness, and perceived susceptibility coupled with high-risk sexual behaviors. Relationships were found to exist between HPV/cervical cancer knowledge and perceived seriousness, HPV/cervical cancer knowledge and Pap test compliance, perceived susceptibility and number of sexual partners, perceived susceptibility and Pap test compliance, and perceived seriousness and Pap test compliance. Health educators are challenged with the task of increasing knowledge, perceived threat, and ultimately preventive behaviors among college women.


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