Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 173–178 | Cite as

HPV Vaccine Awareness, Barriers, Intentions, and Uptake in Latina Women

  • Julia Lechuga
  • Lina Vera-Cala
  • Ana Martinez-Donate
Original paper


Latina women are at heightened risk of cervical cancer incidence and mortality. The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the principal cause of the majority of cervical cancer cases. A vaccine that protects against HPV was licensed in 2006. Eight years post-licensure, mixed research findings exist regarding the factors that predict vaccine uptake in Latinas. We conducted a population-based phone survey with a random sample of 296 Latinas living in a Midwestern U.S. City. Intention to vaccinate was significantly associated with health care provider recommendations, worry about side effects, knowing other parents have vaccinated, perceived severity of HPV, and worry that daughter may become sexually active following vaccination. Worry that daughter may become sexually active was the only factor related to vaccine uptake. Findings suggest that training providers to discuss the low risk of severe side effects, consequences of persistent HPV, and sexuality related concerns with Latino women may encourage vaccination.


HPV vaccine Intention Uptake Latinas 



Preparation of this manuscript was supported by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health through The Wisconsin Partnership Program, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, awarded to Dr. Ana Martinez-Donate.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Lechuga
    • 1
  • Lina Vera-Cala
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ana Martinez-Donate
    • 3
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentThe University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthUniversidad Industrial de SantanderBucaramangaColombia
  3. 3.Department of Population Health SciencesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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