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Date:8/24/2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- Cost but not convenience plays a significant role in attitudes about vaccination for common human papillomaviruses for women over the age of 26, according to the authors of a recent article in the journal Sexual Health.

Currently, the two vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the primary cause of cervical cancer, are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for females from 9 to 26 years of age. The vaccines, Gardasil (Merck and Co.) and Cervarix (GlaxoSmithKline) are under review by the FDA for an older population of women.

Researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center surveyed 1,323 women between 27 and 55 years of age who represent a racial and demographic cross section of the United States to determine the willingness among adult women to be vaccinated.

"We have been involved for several years in research looking at the attitudes toward HPV vaccination and acceptance of vaccine," said senior author and co-principal investigator Gregory D. Zimet, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and clinical psychology in the Section of Adolescent Medicine at the IU School of Medicine. "This project looked at an older population of women to determine their attitudes about HPV vaccination and what factors influenced their attitudes."

Researchers found moderately strong interest in receiving the vaccination if it is available free of charge, said first author Nathan W. Stupiansky, Ph.D., a fellow with the IU Department of Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine. As out-of-pocket costs increased, interest decreased for the vaccine, which typically costs $120 per dose and requires three doses.

The survey also queried women as to whether they would prefer receiving the vaccine at a doctor's office or a local pharmacy to gauge if convenience played a factor in acceptance. The preferred choice by a slight edge was a doctor's office.

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Contact: Mary L. Hardin
mhardin@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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