HPV 101 for Women of Color
Black & Hispanic women have the highest rates of HPV-associated cancers
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the number-one sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, and in fact, the world. It is so common that most people who are sexually active will get it at some point in their lives. High-risk strains of the virus can lead to several types of cancer. There are three HPV vaccines approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA): Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix. All of these prevent infections with the high-risk HPVs (types 16 and 18) that are responsible for about 70% of cervical cancers.
Still there are significant disparities in rates of infection and HPV related cancers when you look at Black and Hispanic women's experience. This is because there are both biological and social processes influencing these women's vulnerability to infection, including types of high risk strains, rates of vaccination, levels of awareness, and socio- historical sexual health stigmas.
This presentation examines how HPV infection occurs, vaccine uptake as a means of prevention, and the cultural values and experiences that shape Black and Hispanic women's experiences with this STI. This presentation was prepared for the Girl Power of Miami's Parenting Workshop series. You can also view this on Youtube.
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Barriers to HPV Vaccination among Unvaccinated College Haitian-American Women
Centers for Disease Control HPV-Associated Cancers Rates by Race and Ethnicity
Factors motivating HPV vaccine uptake among vaccinated and non- vaccinated Hispanic young adult women
Racial Disparities in HPV-related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs Among African American and White Women in the USA
Role of Healthcare Providers’ Recommendation Style in HPV Vaccine Decision-Making Among Haitian Parents and Female Patients
Social networks influencing Hispanic women's HPV vaccine uptake decision making process