What do gay men know about human papillomavirus? Australian gay men's knowledge and experience of anal cancer screening and human papillomavirus

Pitts, Marian K., Fox, Christopher, Willis, Jon and Anderson, Jonathon (2007) What do gay men know about human papillomavirus? Australian gay men's knowledge and experience of anal cancer screening and human papillomavirus. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 34 3: 170-173. doi:10.1097/01.olq.0000230436.83029.ce


Author Pitts, Marian K.
Fox, Christopher
Willis, Jon
Anderson, Jonathon
Title What do gay men know about human papillomavirus? Australian gay men's knowledge and experience of anal cancer screening and human papillomavirus
Journal name Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0148-5717
1537-4521
Publication date 2007-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/01.olq.0000230436.83029.ce
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 170
End page 173
Total pages 4
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Formatted abstract Objective: The objective of this study was to determine levels of experience and knowledge concerning anal dysplasia, anal Pap smear tests, and human papillomavirus (HPV) among gay and other homosexually active men.

Study Design: Three hundred eighty-four men attending a large gay community event in Melbourne completed a short survey.

Results: Ninety-two percent identified as gay and 4.8% as bisexual. A total of 6.4% were HIV-positive and a further 3.5% did not know their HIV status. On a range of measures, it was clear that the men knew very little about anal cancer (19% scored zero on a 12-point knowledge scale) and virtually nothing about HPV (47% scored zero on an 8-point knowledge scale). A total of 55.1% had never heard of an anal Pap smear and 44.8% had ever heard of HPV; 56.4% did not know whether it affected men and/or women.

Conclusions: The test for anal dysplasia is still largely unknown among Australian gay men and they currently have poor sense of personal susceptibility to the disease. Health education strategies are suggested to improve this situation.
Keyword Sexual Practices
Infection
HPV
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit Publications
 
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