Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV Vaccine Awareness among Korean American Immigrants in Alabama: Would Internet Use Improve Health Awareness?

Document Type : Research Articles


School of Social Work, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States.


Introduction: Although the HPV vaccine is known to prevent associated cancers, studies found a low awareness among Korean Americans (KA). This study aimed to examine the HPV and HPV vaccine awareness among KA in Alabama. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with a convenience sample of 278 KA residing in Alabama to understand the levels of HPV and HPV vaccine awareness and associated factors. Results: Those who heard of HPV were 31.7% and 29.5% for HPV vaccine. Those who were older than 50 years old and married were less likely to hear of HPV and HPV vaccine. Those who were female and had annual health check-ups were more likely to hear of both. Using the Internet for health information was positively associated with HPV vaccine awareness. Discussion: HPV education tailored to sociodemographic and using the Internet might be an effective strategy in improving the HPV and HPV vaccine awareness levels. 


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