All of these factors could be incorporated into messages, including those seen in brochures and posters about HPV and the vaccine, Kahn said. She was also lead author of a paper appearing in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology that found that interventions which address personal beliefs about the HPV vaccine as well as system-wide barriers to vaccination could lead to higher vaccination rates.
"This shows that there's a difficulty in having mothers recognize that their children will become sexually active at a relatively young age," said Dr. Jay Brooks, chairman of hematology/oncology at Ochsner Health System in Baton Rouge, La. "It's a process and it's an attitudinal change that has to occur."
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on HPV and cervical cancer.
SOURCES: Jessica Kahn, M.D., MPH, associate professor, pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman, hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge; May 4, 2008, presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, Honolulu; May 2008 Obstetrics & Gynecology