Peruvian FSWs: Understanding HPV and barriers to vaccination

Brandon Brown, Cesar Carcamo, Magaly M. Blas, Maria Valderrama, Neal Halsey

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Vaccine acceptability and vaccine-related knowledge data were collected from female sex workers (FSWs) in Lima, Peru to determine their awareness of HPV and barriers to the potential acceptability of HPV vaccine. FSWs were found to have low knowledge of HPV, HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer. Due to high reported sexual exposure, FSWs are likely at increased risk of cervical cancer, and should have access to HPV vaccine. FSWs should be targeted for HPV education campaigns and barriers to vaccination should be addressed. Future studies should assess HPV prevalence in this population and examine retention issues for vaccine dose completion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7743-7747
Number of pages5
Issue number49
StatePublished - Nov 16 2010


  • Female
  • Human papillomavirus vaccine
  • Sex workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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