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Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8586459, 6 pages
Research Article

Knowledge and Acceptability of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among Women Attending the Gynaecological Outpatient Clinics of a University Teaching Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria

1Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
2Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence should be addressed to Kehinde S. Okunade

Received 26 September 2017; Revised 23 November 2017; Accepted 30 November 2017; Published 19 December 2017

Academic Editor: Jean-Paul J. Gonzalez

Copyright © 2017 Kehinde S. Okunade et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. This study was aimed at determining the knowledge and acceptability of HPV vaccine among women attending the gynaecology clinics of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). Methods. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study involving 148 consecutively selected women attending the gynaecology clinic of LUTH. Relevant information was obtained from these women using an interviewer-administered questionnaire. The data was analysed and then presented by simple descriptive statistics using tables and charts. Chi-square statistics were used to test the association between the sociodemographical variables and acceptance of HPV vaccination. All significance values were reported at . Results. The mean age of the respondents was years. The study showed that 36.5% of the respondents had heard about HPV infection while only 18.9% had knowledge about the existence of HPV vaccines. Overall, 81.8% of the respondents accepted that the vaccines could be administered to their teenage girls with the level of education of the mothers being the major determinant of their acceptability (). Conclusions. Awareness of HPV infections and existence of HPV vaccines is low. However, the acceptance of HPV vaccines is generally high. Efforts should be made to increase the awareness about cervical cancer, its aetiologies, and prevention via HPV vaccination.