HPV Risk Perception and Risk Behavior among Minority Women 公开

Maness, Sarah Britney (2011)

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HPV Risk Perception and Risk Behavior among Minority Women
By Sarah Maness
Introduction: HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and
high risk strains have been found to be a major cause of cervical cancer. The burden of cervical
cancer is greater among minority women, with incidence rates 32% and 70% higher in African
American and Latina women respectively. Objective: The main goal of this study is to assess
whether a relationship exists between HPV risk perception and risk behaviors among minority
women. Methods: This study used a cross-sectional design and convenience sampling to survey
African American and Latino women ages 19-45 years, who utilize the Grady Health System.
Results: Results indicated no significant relationships exist between perceived HPV severity and
risk behaviors or ever having been tested for an STI, including HPV. No significant
relationships were found between perceived HPV severity and risk behaviors or ever having
been tested for an STI, including HPV. Conclusions: Results supported previous literature in
populations of college women that indicated no relationship between condom use behavior and
HPV risk perception. The lack of significant relationships between risk behaviors and perceived
HPV susceptibility and severity indicate the need for further research and education surrounding
minority women's' perception and understanding of HPV and its health implications.


HPV Risk Perception and Risk Behavior among Minority Women
By
Sarah Maness
B.A., B.S.
North Carolina State University
2009
Thesis Committee Chair: Delia Lang, Ph.D.
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of the
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Public Health
in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
2011

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Chapter 1: Introduction...........................................................................................................Page 1

Chapter 2: Literature Review..................................................................................................Page 5

Chapter 3: Methods...............................................................................................................Page 11

Chapter 4: Results.................................................................................................................Page 18

Chapter 5: Discussion...........................................................................................................Page 22

References.............................................................................................................................Page 29

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