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Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection among Indigenous Males in North America and Oceania

Version 1 : Received: 22 April 2020 / Approved: 24 April 2020 / Online: 24 April 2020 (10:13:51 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 1 May 2020 / Approved: 3 May 2020 / Online: 3 May 2020 (09:31:38 CEST)

How to cite: Bedi, S.; Strachan, R.; Zehbe, I. Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection among Indigenous Males in North America and Oceania. Preprints 2020, 2020040435 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0435.v1). Bedi, S.; Strachan, R.; Zehbe, I. Awareness of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection among Indigenous Males in North America and Oceania. Preprints 2020, 2020040435 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0435.v1).

Abstract

We surveyed peer-reviewed literature on the awareness of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among Indigenous males in North America and Oceania. Using keywords HPV plus male, men or boy, and ethnical filters such as Indigenous, Aboriginal or First Nations, we retrieved 47 articles based on titles of which we kept 14 after reading the abstracts. Reported HPV awareness was generally low in Indigenous males in North America with no peer-reviewed data from Oceania. The lower understanding by males compared to females was largely attributable to misconceptions about HPV-related diseases, their transmission, and prevention. Lack of awareness and concern toward the risk of contracting HPV infection in Indigenous males suggests an impediment in disseminating health information about this cancer-causing virus. Culturally sensitive education, with emphasis on Indigenous males, is needed to improve this group’s HPV knowledge. Researchers should also engage meaningfully with Indigenous communities by building rapport to achieve a positive change in attitude.

Subject Areas

human papillomavirus; attitude; knowledge; belief; Indigenous; male; North America; Oceania

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