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Table 2 Frequency of correct answers knowledge assessment about HPV, HPV vaccine, and cervical cancer of adolescent girls and mother/guardians

From: Knowledge about cervical cancer and HPV immunization dropout rate among Brazilian adolescent girls and their guardians

QuestionsaAdolescent girls
n (%)
Mothers/Guardians
n (%)
Knowledge about HPV vaccine
1- What are vaccines?476 (71.5)498 (79.9)
2- How many doses of HPV vaccine should be given?330 (49.5)
3- What is the interval between HPV vaccine doses?77 (11.6)
4- Who should get HPV vaccine?244 (39.2)
5- Does HPV vaccine prevent other sexually transmitted infections?122 (18.3)162 (26.0)
Knowledge about HPV and cervical cancer
6- What is a sexually transmitted infection?199 (29.9)
7- What is the main transmission route of HPV?98 (14.7)242 (38.8)
8- What should women do to prevent HPV infection?158 (23.3)
9- Does HPV infection have visible signs and symptoms?125 (18.8)159 (25.5)
10- What are the signs and symptoms of HPV infection?7 (1.0)36 (5.8)
11- Is HPV infection common?169 (25.4)112 (18.0)
12- What kinds of problems does infection with HPV cause?89 (13.4)204 (32.7)
13- What causes cervical cancer?14 (2.1)56 (9.0)
14- Why should we prevent HPV infection?55 (8.3)
15- What is a Pap smear?498 (79.9)
  1. aAnswers rated as correct: 1- Prevention of disease/To stay protected/Immunity. 2- Two-dose or three-dose. 3–0-6 months. 4- Adolescent girls 11-13 years old or 9-13 years old. 5- No/Only against HPV/Each disease has a specific vaccine. 6- Disease transmitted through sexual intercourse/Disease that is caught through sex and may be transmitted to someone else. 7- Sexual intercourse. 8- Get the vaccine/Avoid multiple sexual partners/Use a condom. 9- No/Asymptomatic/Silent disease. 10- Genital warts. 1 1- Yes. 12- Cancer/Cervical cancer/Uterine cervix disease/Warts genital. 13- HPV infection. 14- Prevent cancer/Prevent HPV/Prevent cervical cancer. 15- Examination to prevent cervical cancer/Collection of material, secretion or liquid