Increasing Knowledge of Human Papillomavirus Among Young Adults


      • An educational brochure increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates at a primary care office.
      • Clinicians need to use every clinical opportunity to educate about HPV.
      • Barriers still exist with young adults getting vaccinated against HPV.
      • Patient outreach was less effective at increasing HPV vaccine rates.


      HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting more than 43 million Americans. HPV is a public health concern because it is the leading cause of cervical, oropharyngeal, vulvar, vaginal, and anal cancer. Despite a highly effective vaccine, the rate of HPV vaccine completion among young adults falls below the Healthy People goal. In efforts to combat this public health concern, an educational brochure was distributed as a quality improvement project in an urban primary care office. After this educational intervention was implemented, there was a significant increase in young adults who received the HPV vaccine from their primary care provider.


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      Carissa Singh, DNP, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, and can be contacted at [email protected]