Title: 0797 - Assessing Human Papillomavirus-related Health Literacy for Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Among Dental Students


Kamran Habib Awan, Roseman University of Health Sciences
Hiba Zaku (Presenter)
Roseman University of Health Sciences

Aisha Sadaf, Roseman University of Health Sciences
Inderdeep Kaur, Roseman University of Health Sciences
Hiliary Mazzone, Roseman University of Health Sciences


Objectives: Health care providers may need to become more familiar with HPV and its connection to oropharyngeal cancer in order to have an impact on patient health. The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge of dental students towards HPV. In addition, we also assessed the attitude and perception towards HPV among the students.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among university healthcare students through random cluster sampling. An anonymous peer-reviewed and pre-tested questionnaire was distributed to all students. The objectives of the study were explained to the students, and their participation was entirely voluntary. Approval of the study was obtained from institutional research and ethics committees. HPV characteristics among the different groups of students were compared and the data were analyzed using the Pearson Chi-square test, with the level of significance set to p < 0.05.

Results: A total of 200 students participated in the study. While assessing the respondents' knowledge about HPV, 195 (97.5%) students reported that they had already heard of HPV and nearly 133 (66.5%) reported that HPV causes oropharyngeal cancer. In terms of attitude, 152 (76%) stated that they do not routinely discuss HPV as a risk factor, while 104 (52%) reported not feeling comfortable asking patients about their sexual life. In terms of prevention, while 148 (74%) stated that HPV vaccine protect against cervical cancer, just over half (n=109; 54.5%) stated that it can protect against oropharyngeal cancer.

Conclusions: Our results revealed low attitude and poor understading among respondents about the health problems associated with HPV, its prevention, modes of transmission and arability of HPV vaccine.

Student Presenter

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