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STOP HPV, Oklahoma: HPV is not for me! University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine Summer Institute 2011 Marie Roy, Jennifer Crone, Megan Cunningham,

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1 STOP HPV, Oklahoma: HPV is not for me! University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine Summer Institute 2011 Marie Roy, Jennifer Crone, Megan Cunningham, Ashley Bunce, Gabriel Presley, and Sheila Crow

2 The problem HPV is the most common STI in the US Infections are most common in youth years old HPV infection can lead to cancer or genital warts in both men and women The solution? Two prophylactic vaccines for HPV have been developed Protect against 4 strains of HPV 90% of HPV infections can be prevented The controversy -Several states have required vaccination for students entering middle school -Only 40% of adolescents in the US receive the first shot of the series -Only 26% complete the series -Concerns abound about side effects of the vaccine and issues of sexual morality

3 Our project GOAL: a community-based research project to assess community fears and concerns about the HPV vaccine – Step 1: Form partnerships with Tulsa City-County Health Dept; local physicians; students, parents, and administration at McClain High School; and local and state representatives – Step 2: Create a questionnaire about HPV and distribute to 9 th & 10 th grade McClain students – Step 3: Hold a focus group with 30 participants in the survey and 15 parents to discuss their questions and concerns about HPV and the vaccine

4 The outcomes Analysis of survey and focus group data to determine general education level, concerns, and social/cultural barriers to vaccination Design a future education and intervention project to promote vaccination in Tulsa adolescents


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