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INTRODUCTION: To identify factors influencing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination up taking decision making among vaccinated and nonvaccinated Hispanic college women. PARTICIPANTS: Hispanic young women between the ages of 18 and 24 years (N = 49). In total, 26 had not received the HPV vaccine, and 23 had started/completed the vaccine series. METHOD: Participants registered for the study via a psychology research pool at a large public university in the southeast United States after institutional review board approval. After completing a demographic information and HPV knowledge Web-based survey, participants were individually interviewed. RESULTS: Differences in HPV vaccine knowledge emerged between vaccinated and nonvaccinated women. Fear of side effects, perceptions of risk, and sources of encouragement influenced willingness to be vaccinated against HPV. Health care providers played a central role in addressing concerns and promoting vaccination. CONCLUSIONS: Health care providers must address and integrate unique decision-making processes influencing Hispanic young adult women's perceptions of HPV vaccination.

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It is important to understand within group differences about HPV vaccine motivation. Understanding reasons why women both choose to be and choose not be be vaccinated will help to identify points of concern.

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This page is a summary of: Factors Motivating HPV Vaccine Uptake Among Vaccinated and Nonvaccinated Hispanic Young Adult Women, Hispanic Health Care International, December 2016, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1540415316679808.
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