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Monogamy Is a Barrier to HPV Catch-Up Vaccination

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New Rochelle, NY, March 4, 2021—College women in a monogamous relationship are less likely to participate in human papillomavirus (HPV) catch-up vaccination. These women had a lower average perception of sexually transmitted disease (STD) risk than did women who were single and dating, according to a study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health. Click here to read the article now.

“Individuals with just one lifetime sexual partner still have a 58% risk of acquiring HPV, and women have an 84% risk of acquiring HPV across their lifespan,” state Ansley Waters, MPH, James Madison University, and coauthors of the study. Although there is an effective vaccine to prevent HPV infection, only about 54% of females ages 13-17 have received it. There is a catch-up period of vaccination for women ages 18-26, but participation tends to be low.

“This study shows the need to improve risk perception among college aged women for HPV infection. This may increase the participation in HPV catch-up vaccination, including among monogamous women who appear to believe that monogamy is protective against HPV infection,” says Journal of Women’s Health Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA.
 
About the Journal
Journal of Women’s Health, published monthly, is a core multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the diseases and conditions that hold greater risk for or are more prevalent among women, as well as diseases that present differently in women. Led by Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, the Journal covers the latest advances and clinical applications of new diagnostic procedures and therapeutic protocols for the prevention and management of women’s healthcare issues. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Journal of Women’s Health website. Journal of Women’s Health is the official journal of the Society for Women’s Health Research.
 
About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research. A complete list of the firm’s more than 90 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
140 Huguenot Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 740-2100 or (800) M-LIEBERT
Fax (914) 740-2101
www.liebertpub.com