Conocimientos y conductas preventivas sobre cáncer cérvico-uterino y virus papiloma humano en un grupo de adolescentes chilenas

Translated title of the contribution: Knowdlege and preventive behaviors related to cervical cancer and human papiloma virus in a group of Chilean adolescents

M. Teresa Urrutia, Ximena Concha, Giselle Riquelme, Oslando Padilla

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Abstract

Introduction: The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection in young people and recognized as the most important risk factor for cervical cancer (CC). Aim: To describe the degree of knowledge that a group of Chilean teenagers have of HPV infection, CC, and its relationship with preventive behavior. Methods: This is an analytical study, with a random sample of 226 adolescents from three public schools of the Metropolitan Region in Santiago. Results: A fifth of the interviewed students did not know there was a HPV vaccine. Multiple sexual partners was indicated as a risk factor of CC by 70.8% and of HPV infection by 78.3% of them; while 60.3% identified inheritance as a risk factor. HPV transmission through unprotected sexual relations was identified by 68.2% of the sample. Of sexually active adolescents, condom use during sexual relations was reported by 31.1%. The adolescents who use condoms significantly have more knowledge regarding the number of sexual partners and age of first sexual intercourse as a risk factor for CC. Conclusion: adolescents know about HPV transmission, however, the preventing conducts are not related to this information.

Translated title of the contributionKnowdlege and preventive behaviors related to cervical cancer and human papiloma virus in a group of Chilean adolescents
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)600-606
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Chilena de Infectologia
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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