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This study identifies health beliefs influencing Hispanic college men's human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake decision making processes. Hispanic college men were interviewed about their HPV vaccine knowledge, and information seeking behaviors. Overall, participants did not view HPV infection or vaccination as an immediate concern or priority; belief that it was a virus that only affected women, and a sense of invulnerability informed their positions. Despite these issues, most men were willing to consider getting the HPV vaccine if they received more education from health care providers, and cost concerns were addressed.

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Our findings pointed to gaps in our understandings of Hispanic college men's HPV vaccination beliefs and provided insight into the importance of integrating this population's unique beliefs into campus health providers efforts aimed at increasing vaccination rates.

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Hispanic men experience high rates of HPV and are the primary source of transmission to Hispanic women.

Dr. Dionne P Stephens
Florida International University

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This page is a summary of: Identifying Health Beliefs Influencing Hispanic College Men's Willingness to Vaccinate against HPV, American Journal of Sexuality Education, October 2016, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/15546128.2016.1198733.
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