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African Journal of Reproductive Health

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Knowledge and attitudes towards cervical cancer and human papillomavirus: A Nigerian pilot study

O Nnodu, L Erinosho, M Jamda, O Olaniyi, R Adelaiye, L Lawson, F Odedina, F Shuaibu, T Odumuh, N Isu, H Imam, O Owolabi, N Yaqub, A Zamani

Abstract


This study aimed to ascertain the knowledge and attitudes of urban and rural dwellers to cervical cancer and HPV in Gwagwalada Area Council of Nigeria. 400 participants aged 15-45 years were selected from Gwagwalada town and the adjourning Giri village to respond to a multi-choice–free response questionnaire designed to obtain information
on respondents’ biodata, knowledge of STIs, human papilloma virus and cervical cancer, health and communication resources in their communities. This was supplemented by focus group discussions among religious and tribal groups within the urban and rural communities. We found a low level of awareness about HPV and cervical cancer which majority felt could not be prevented. Although awareness of STDs was high in both urban and rural dwellers, condom use was low. The study underscores the need for a well planned and implemented health communication and education program on STIs, HPV and cervical cancer in Nigeri.

(Afr J Reprod Health 2010; 14[1]:95-108).




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