INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to determine the frequency of vaccination with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among women aged 1549 years and their knowledge levels.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on female patients aged 1549 years who applied to a rural state hospital, family medicine outpatient clinic, between December 15, 2019, and March 1, 2020. A questionnaire about HPV vaccination was filled out through a face to-face interview. Patients who did not agree to participate in the study, who had a hysterectomy, and those diagnosed with cervical malignancy or premalignancy were excluded.
RESULTS: The mean age of 409 female participants was 30.0±9.1 years. None of the women who participated in this study had the HPV vaccine. The number of those who heard about the HPV vaccine was 164 (40.1%). After brief information about the HPV vaccine, 269 (65.8%) participants wanted to have the HPV vaccine.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: It was determined that the frequency of HPV vaccination and the knowledge levels about the HPV vaccine are low.