Awareness of human papilloma virus vaccine among medical interns in tertiary health centre


  • C. Ashrita Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Prasad Nayak N. Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Prakash Saldanha Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India



Cervical cancer, Genital warts, Human Papilloma virus


Background: Human Papilloma virus [HPV] infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease[STD] in the entire world. In India, HPV infections stands as one of the first few major cause of STD among both male and female adolescents and adults. However studies done in major centers reveals that awareness about this disease among the general population is poor. Aim of this study was the awareness of HPV and its preventive measures among medical interns who have recently completed their graduation and doing medical internship in a tertiary care centre.

Methods: Total 100 participants were subjected to questionnaire study which has questions on basic knowledge about HPV and its preventive measures. The data were analyzed using Microsoft excel software.

Results: Statically 98% of the study population was aware of HPV, whereas 78% were having knowledge about the vaccine availability for prevention of HPV and only 55% of them knew that the vaccine is available for use in India.

Conclusions: Although majority of participants are having knowledge about HPV, the awareness on vaccine and its potentials are very poor. It is very important to put more emphasis on educating medical, nursing, para medical students and interns of various discipline on HPV infection and its preventive measures.


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