Knowledge Regarding Human Papillomavirus And Cervical Cancer Among A Sample Of Paramedical Staff In Al- Najaf Governorate, Iraq

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Alaa Mehdi Salih , Atta Ah Mousa Al –Sarray


Background:   HPV is one of the most prevalent a sexually transmitted infection (STI) ,involving both men and  women,  and  80  percent  of  individuals  aged  50  years and older have reported developing genital HPV infection.

Objectives: To determine the level of  knowledge regarding Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer among a sample of para-medical.

Subject and Methods:    This an observational descriptive cross-sectional study done at five hospitals and  twenty five primary health care centers in  Al-Najaf governorate. The data collection continued for four months started from the period of 19th December, 2021 ending on 18th April, 2022.

Results:  The current study was conducted on (500) Para-medical staff with age group ranging from (20-59) years and  the highest percentage  (66.4%) were from (20-29) years age group. While in gender the highest percentage in  female was (64.6%). Most of para-medical staff (90.8%) living in urban area. and also The greater number of participants were medical institute  about (51.6%) from total number while the lowest percentage about  (2.4%) from secondary school, only (2.4%) of para-medical staff had training about Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer. . most of para-medical staff had (86.2%) was acceptable knowledge scores  about Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer.

Conclusion: Most of studied samples (para-medical staff) had acceptable knowledge scores.

Recommendation: It is recommended to do National education programs on human papillomavirus and cervical cancer as needed to be presented to the public through cooperation between health authorities, society organizations and non-governmental organization.

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