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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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 contributionConocimientos y conductas preventivas sobre cáncer cérvico-uterino y virus papiloma humano en un grupo de adolescentes chilenas
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-606
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Chilena de Infectologia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Adolescents
  • Cervical cancer
  • Human papilloma virus
  • Knowledge
  • Preventive behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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