Study to ascertain the knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, sources and communication preferences of health communication among the respondents In Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
The knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer was poor compared to 60% for HIV/AIDs. HPV was not considered sexually transmitted by the majority of respondents. The FGD revealed misconceptions that included HPV infection as “punishment from God,” “spiritual attacks from enemies,” “possibility of transmission through inheritance, poor hygiene, or mosquito bite.” The preferred channel of health communication about HPV and cervical cancer was through religious associations, 30%; electronic media, 28.5%; traditional rulers, 12.2% and social clubs/ethnic associations, 11.5%. The respondents recommended the use of communal methods such as town crier, ethnic associations, and traditional leaders for health communication.
Mustapha Abubakar Jamda1, Obiageli E Nnodu2, Lovett Lawson3, Rabi Susan Adelaiye1, Andrew E Zamani
Communication preferences for human papillomavirus and other health information in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
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