West Indian Medical Journal
Print version ISSN 0043-3144
PERROTTE, N; GOMEZ, A; MASON, G and STROUP, D. An assessment of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding the human papillomavirus. West Indian med. j. [online]. 2012, vol.61, n.1, pp. 58-63. ISSN 0043-3144.
OBJECTIVES: This report is based on a study conducted in February 2010 that assessed the knowledge and attitudes toward cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) in Grenada which has a high incidence of cervical cancer METHODS: The participants were 71 students at the St George's University. There were 58 females and 13 males who participated in the study, a ratio of 4.5:1. Participants were asked to complete a survey on their knowledge and attitudes about HPV, cervical cancer and the associated risk factors. Other evaluations of their levels of risk and Pap smear practices were also assessed. RESULTS: The data reflected low knowledge and infrequent screening practices, from a public health perspective, when compared with developed countries. The data showed a significant deficit in knowledge of both males and females. Almost 95% of the women surveyed were able to correctly identify the purpose of a Pap smear as compared to 69.2% of the men surveyed. When the participants were asked what was the cause of cervical cancer, 63.8% of women and 53.8% of males were correctly able to identify the HPV. CONCLUSIONS: Enhanced educational programmes are needed to reduce the burden of cervical cancer that exists in Grenada.
Keywords : Cervical cancer; human papillomavirus; Pap smear.