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Knowledge, and attitude towards human papilloma virus infection among pharmacy students in Mumbai, India

  • Background: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that may cause cervical cancer and other malignancies including those of the vulva, anus, vagina, penis, head and neck. In most Asian countries including India, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Awareness about HPV and cervical cancer, use of vaccines can be very helpful in prevention, control and early diagnosis of cervical cancer. Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out among students from Mumbai University, India during May - June 2017. Two hundred students were approached to participate in the study of which 142 were selected to participate (males: 54; females: 88). Pretested questionnaire was distributed and collected data was analyzed using IBM SPSS version 23. Results: Participants had fair knowledge (61% average) about HPV, whereas knowledge about symptoms, prevention and spread of HPV was very poor i.e. 18%. Knowledge about HPV vaccine was 50% and 78% participants had positive attitude for HPV vaccine. Conclusions: This study showed the lacunas in the pharmacy curriculum and urgent need to create awareness of HPV among bachelor of pharmacy students from Mumbai University.

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Author:Dnyanesh LimayeORCiDGND, Drashty Mehta, Shakshi Singh, Apurva Pardeshi, Tanvi Patil, Arlan Sydymanov, Vaidehi Limaye, Ravi Shankar Pitani, Sushama Sathe, Atul Kapadi, Gerhard FortwengelORCiDGND
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20182856
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2019/05/29
HPV; India; Mumbai; Pharmacy; Students; Vaccine
GND Keyword:Humanes Papillomavirus; Indien; Impfstoff
First Page:2532
Last Page:2536
Link to catalogue:1690489677
Institutes:Fakult├Ąt III - Medien, Information und Design
DDC classes:610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International