Men's attitudes toward receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine

Daron Gale Ferris, Jennifer L Waller, Jeremiah Miller, Pratik Patel, Lanier Jackson, George A. Price, Courtesia Wilson

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Objectives. To determine men's attitudes toward receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Materials and Methods. Five hundred seventy-one men read a 1-page informational sheet about HPV and the HPV vaccine before completing a 29-item questionnaire. Descriptive statistics were calculated on all variables. Results. Of these men, 33% wanted to receive the HPV vaccine, 27% did not, and 40% were undecided. The main reasons for wanting the vaccine included a desire to stay healthy (67.4%); prevention of cancer in my sexual partner(s) (52.9%); prevention of anal, penile, and head and neck cancer (41.0%); fear of cancer (33.4%); and prevention of genital warts (32.8%). Being in a monogamous relationship and not at risk (18.9%), not interested (13.8%), and not enough evidence yet to prove that it will help men (8.2%) were the main reasons for not wanting to be vaccinated. Conclusions. Although many men want to receive the HPV vaccine, more remain undecided. Pending favorable safety and efficacy results from a clinical trial for men, substantial factual education will likely convince many ambivalent men to receive the HPV vaccine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-281
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • Acceptance
  • Attitudes
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Men
  • Survey
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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