Una Galbāliņa, Vija Siliņa (Scientific Advisor)

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Objectives. Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) is recommended to prevent HPV infections, HPV-associated diseases. Gender neutral vaccination could decrease virus circulation. CDC has recommended HPV vaccination since 2011 for males, it targets preadolescents, parental acceptance of vaccination is critical, therefore objectives was to find out parents` opinion about their child (male) vaccination against HPV.
Materials and Methods. A quantitative cross sectional study was carried out in October-December 2019 in Latvia. Anonymous questionnaire was given to parents, respondents were addressed through kindergartens. Results were analyzed using IBM SPSS.
Results.In total 102 respondents filled in the questionnaire, predominantly females 81% (n= 83); mean age 36. Respondents were divided into groups according to age : 20-30 years (35%), 31-40 years (34%), 41-50 years (25%), 50+ (6%) and education : secondary education 15% (n=15), vocational secondary education 27% (n=27), higher education 60% (n=60). There was no difference between age groups regarding knowledge about HPV, as well as no difference between age groups and willingness to vaccinate. Most of the participants have heard about HPV infection 72% (n=74) and majority knew about vaccine against HPV infection 56% (n=57). We found differences between education regarding knowledge about HPV associated cancers in females - more respondents (75%) with higher education knew about cancers caused by HPV, compared to those with secondary education (53%) (p<0.05), and more parents (70%) with higher education knew about HPV vaccine, compared to those
with secondary education (33%) (p<0.05). In summary 70% (n= 71) would vaccinate their male child, if vaccine would be in national vaccination schedule.
Conclusions. Most of the parents knew about HPV before and knew about cancers associated with HPV in females but knowledge about associated cancers in males was less. Majority of the parents would agree to vaccinate their male child against HPV.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th RSU International Student Conference 2020: Health and Social Sciences - Rīga Stradiņš University, Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 27 Mar 202028 Mar 2020
Conference number: 6


Conference6th RSU International Student Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleISC 2020
Internet address


  • HPV
  • Male
  • Vaccination

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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