Nicole Makris Discusses HPV Vaccination in Women who have Sex with Women

NICOLE MAKRIS, BA | May 05, 2014
Nicole Makris, BA, Emory University, discusses findings from a study that analyzed the HPV vaccination habits of women who have sex with women versus women who have sex with men.

Makris says the findings show that vaccination rates are similar between women who have sex with women and women who do not. In the population of women who have sex with women, it was discovered that these women were more likely to receive the vaccine if they had health insurance, which was not true in the population of women who do not have sex with women. Age was also a predictor of vaccination in the population of women who have sex with women. A high education level, even just a couple semesters of college, was also a predictor of vaccination in this population. Also, women who have sex with women who started having sex at a young age were also more likely to receive the HPV vaccination, Makris says.

Data from two consecutive National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) databases (2009-2012) were used to compare rates of HPV vaccination in WSW and heterosexual women. A total of 1317 women between the ages of 18 and 32 were included in the study.

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