Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance and perceived effectiveness, and HPV infection concern among young New Zealand university students

Sex Health. 2010 Sep;7(3):394-6. doi: 10.1071/SH10005.


Two-hundred undergraduate students completed an anonymous questionnaire after viewing a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine television commercial. Eight-four percent of participants would accept a free HPV vaccine, whereas 47% were unconcerned about future personal HPV infection risk. Males were less likely to accept a free HPV vaccine and to be concerned about future personal HPV infection risk. Perceived HPV vaccine effectiveness was significantly greater among participants who had previously heard of the vaccine and who knew that HPV is sexually transmitted. More education on the role of sexual behavioural characteristics of both males and females in HPV transmission is necessary to promote awareness and concern of personal HPV infection risk and acceptance of HPV vaccination.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Human papillomavirus 16
  • Human papillomavirus 18
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Vaccination / psychology
  • New Zealand
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / psychology
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral / psychology
  • Student Health Services
  • Students / psychology*
  • Unsafe Sex / prevention & control
  • Unsafe Sex / psychology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / psychology
  • Young Adult


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines