Ethnic and racial differences in HPV knowledge and vaccine intentions among men receiving HPV test results

Vaccine. 2011 May 23;29(23):4013-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.03.060. Epub 2011 Apr 1.


We examined factors associated with HPV vaccine intentions by racial/ethnic group among men participating in a HPV natural history study. HPV knowledge, vaccine intentions and perceived barriers were assessed among non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic men. Men were tested for HPV every 6 months. After receiving test results from their previous visit, participants (N=477) reported their intentions for HPV vaccination in a computer-assisted survey instrument (CASI). Vaccine intentions were high among all respondents, although differences were found between racial and ethnic groups in awareness and knowledge of HPV and, vaccine intentions and perceived access and barriers to receiving the HPV vaccine. In order to effectively disseminate the vaccine among men, factors that may promote or inhibit vaccine acceptability need to be identified. Identifying these factors related to vaccine intentions among minority and majority men offers an opportunity for addressing barriers to health equity and, in turn, reductions in HPV-related disparities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Black People / psychology
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomaviridae
  • Papillomavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / ethnology*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / psychology
  • Papillomavirus Infections / virology
  • Papillomavirus Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology*
  • Psychology
  • Vaccination / psychology*
  • White People / psychology
  • Young Adult


  • Papillomavirus Vaccines