Background: Human Papilloma Virus is a causative agent of cervical cancer. Vaccination against HPV is an important mode of primary prevention against cervical cancer. Two vaccines against HPV have been approved and recommended for use in India. However the availability of these vaccines is hardly known and seldom utilised, even among the medical fraternity.
Aims and Objectives: To assess the awareness of the human papillomavirus infections and vaccination among medical students.
Materials and Methods: An observational descriptive study was conducted to know the awareness of HPV infection and vaccination among medical students. A questionnaire was designed to acquire information about knowledge and understanding of the disease, concept of vaccination, the level of acceptance and attitude towards vaccination.
Results: About 67.5% students implicated that HPV is a causative agent of cervical cancer. 66.25% students know HPV can cause genital warts. Only 40% students know that HPV vaccine prevent infection. 35% of the students have the knowledge that approved age for vaccine is 9-26 years and 37.5% knows there are 3 doses for HPV vaccine. About 66.2% participants were strongly disagreeing that their parents would not allow them to get the vaccine. 30% students were strongly agreed that they will get the vaccine if it will be free.
Conclusion: Lack of knowledge among medical students can be detrimental to the health of the society. So there is a need to create awareness among the future health educators against various aspects of HPV, cervical cancers and its prevention.