Knowledge and attitudes towards cervical cancer and human papillomavirus: a Nigerian pilot study.

Obiageli Nnodu, Layi Erinosho, Mustapha Jamda, O. Olaniyi, Rabi Adelaiye, Lovett Lawson, Folakemi Odedina, Fatima Shuaibu, Theresa Odumuh, Nnenaya Isu, Hauwa Imam, Olumide Owolabi, Nuhu Yaqub, Andrew Zamani

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This study aimed to ascertain the knowledge and attitudes of urban and rural dwellers to cervical cancer and HPV in Gwagwalada Area Council of Nigeria. 400 participants aged 15-45 years were selected from Gwagwalada town and the adjourning Giri village to respond to a multi-choice-free response questionnaire designed to obtain information on respondents' biodata, knowledge of STIs, human papilloma virus and cervical cancer, health and communication resources in their communities. This was supplemented by focus group discussions among religious and tribal groups within the urban and rural communities. We found a low level of awareness about HPV and cervical cancer which majority felt could not be prevented. Although awareness of STDs was high in both urban and rural dwellers, condom use was low. The study underscores the need for a well planned and implemented health communication and education program on STIs, HPV and cervical cancer in Nigeria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
JournalAfrican journal of reproductive health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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