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Student Research: “Human papillomavirus vaccination: Knowledge and acceptance of Vietnamese youths living in Hanoi, Vietnam”

  • Principal Investigator 1: Nguyen Thi My Hao – MD Program, College of Health Sciences
  • Principal Investigator 2: Hoang Vo Ngoc Khanh – MD Program, College of Health Sciences
  • Supervisor: Pranee Liamputtong, PhD – Professor in Behavioural Science College of Health Sciences



Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection causes most cases of cervical cancer (HPV and Cancer, 2021) and can be prevented effectively by the HPV vaccine. Despite the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, according to the HPV information center’s record, cervical cancer ranks the 8th most frequent cancer among Vietnamese women and the 5th most frequent cancer among women bearing age (between 15 and 44 years old). Several studies have examined the acceptance of HPV vaccination among young people in other parts of the world. However, we know little about the perspectives of young people in Vietnam. In this study, we first investigate young people’s awareness of cervical cancer, their perspectives of HPV connection to cervical cancer among young people in Hanoi. Second, we examine vaccination acceptance and uncover gender variations in HPV perceptions. Although HPV is a typical women’s health issue, the perspective of men can have an impact on the health and wellbeing of women. As a result, we will examine the perspectives of both genders in this study.

The rationale of this study is to address a gap in knowledge. Little research has provided a thorough understanding of the knowledge and perspective of Vietnamese youth (males and females) about HPV and vaccination. By conducting qualitative research, we can learn about each participant’s behavior, attitudes, and motivation. We do not know why people refuse or protest against vaccination, particularly the HPV vaccine. Our findings can provide in-depth knowledge about this issue within the situation in Vietnam.

The objectives of this research:

  1. To examine knowledge of HPV among young people in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  2. To determine the acceptability of the HPV vaccine among these youth.

We expect that our findings can contribute:

  1. To the development of public health policies through providing a depth-understanding of people’s perceptions about vaccines in general as well as cervical cancer and HPV vaccine in particular.
  2. To modify individual’s behaviors and promote self-awareness about the importance of vaccine.