Objective: Servix cancer is still one of the most deadly cancer in
developing countries. Today it is known that human papilloma virus
causes servix cancer. Other risk factors accelerates carcinogenic
process by increasing viral persistance. The aim of this study is to
determine the knowledge about HPV infection and vaccination in
High School of Health and to consider the further educational
programs for students and public knowledge.
Material and Methods: A total of 245 students in Gaziosmanpasa
University High School of Health at 1st and 4th class were asked to
complete the 20 items of questionnaire.
Results: The ratio of knowledge about the existence of HPV
vaccination was %25 in 1st class, %90.3 in 4th class, therewithal 99
students in 1st class and 11 in 4th class had no information. Since the
ratio of awareness about the protective effects of the vaccine to
servix cancer in 1st class was %9.8, %63.7 in 4th. The interclass
comparison of the ratio of knowledge about HPV vaccine and
infection were significantly different (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Students in High School of Health must have
sufficient information about HPV infection and vaccination, caused by
being the health personnels in future, and creating risks for HPV
infections and related complications. Nevertheless, the ongoing
definition programs of HPV vaccination and servix cancer screening
for public health have not been reached to an adequate level across
the country. It was suggested that it is a priority to get precautions
about this issue with the active participation of media organizations
and to plan future educational programs for students..