STD Vaccine Viewed Positively According To Survey Of American Women

Medical News Today

Article Date: 28 Aug 2010 – 0:00 PDT

Cost but not convenience plays a significant role in attitudes about vaccination for common human papillomaviruses for women over the age of 26, according to the authors of a recent article in the journal Sexual Health.

Currently, the two vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the primary cause of cervical cancer, are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for females from 9 to 26 years of age. The vaccines, Gardasil (Merck and Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) are under review by the FDA for an older population of women.

Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center surveyed 1,323 women between 27 and 55 years of age who represent a racial and demographic cross section of the United States to determine the willingness among adult women to be vaccinated.

“We have been involved for several years in research looking at the attitudes toward HPV vaccination and acceptance of vaccine,” said senior author and co-principal investigator Gregory D. Zimet, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and clinical psychology in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. “This project looked at an older population of women to determine their attitudes about HPV vaccination and what factors influenced their attitudes.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.