HPV knowledge and intention among adult inmates in Kansas

Responses to a poll of adult prison inmates at three facilities in Kansas suggest that HPV vaccination practices within the correctional system should be reexamined. The survey questions centered around knowledge of the virus as well as awareness of the vaccine, intent to be immunized, and actual vaccination rates.

Responses to a poll of adult prison inmates at three facilities in Kansas suggest that HPV vaccination practices within the correctional system should be reexamined. The survey questions centered around knowledge of the virus as well as awareness of the vaccine, intent to be immunized, and actual vaccination rates. Most prisoners correctly agreed that HPV causes cervical cancer, but knowledge of other HPV-related cancers was spotty. Vaccine awareness was about 70% for females but only about 41% for men. Most people surveyed expressed a desire to get vaccinated if the service was offered at no cost while incarcerated, yet only 8% of age-appropriate male prisoners ever did. This high interest in vaccination conflicts with the low rate of uptake, underscoring the need for more and better programs or partnerships to facilitate HPV vaccine provision in jails.