Promoting HPV Vaccination in Diverse Populations

A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Papillomavirus Vaccines".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 965

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Psychology, Fordham University, New York, NY 10458, USA
Interests: vaccine hesitancy; COVID-19 pandemic; research ethics; health disparities; informed consent; vulnerable populations

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Guest Editor Assistant
Department of Epidemiology, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199, USA
Interests: vaccine hesitancy; health promotion; sexual and reproductive health; adolescent and women’s health; vulnerable populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a well-established cause of cancer among women and men. HPV is responsible for nearly all cases of cervical cancer, which is the fourth most common type of cancer among women worldwide. It is estimated that 1 in every 100 women in developing countries will have cervical cancer before the age of 75. HPV infection also underlies a significant proportion of penile, anal, and head and neck cancers among men.

Primary prevention of HPV-related cancer is dependent on HPV vaccination of girls aged 9 to 15, and older adolescents and young adults up to the age of 26. A key goal of the 2020 Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer is the complete vaccination against HPV of 90% of girls between the ages of 9 and 15 by the year 2030, as young girls are the primary target population of HPV vaccine programs worldwide. However, we are not on track to meet these goals. Only 60% of WHO member states have introduced the HPV vaccine, with a majority of these countries being located in the Americas and Europe. Furthermore, global HPV vaccination efforts have been reduced as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, improving HPV vaccination coverage in a variety of at-risk populations is a critical public health initiative for this goal.

This Special Issue seeks original research articles and reviews on HPV vaccination coverage and programs in diverse populations. We welcome research focused on groups underrepresented in HPV vaccine research including racial/ethnic minorities, adolescent males, sexual/gender minorities, vulnerable populations, and low- and middle-income countries. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Vaccine coverage in underrepresented populations;
  • HPV vaccination knowledge and awareness;
  • Multilevel facilitators and/or challenges to HPV vaccination and programs;
  • Impact of public health policy on HPV vaccination and programs;
  • Implementation and evaluation of HPV vaccination programs;
  • Cultural adaptations of evidence-based strategies to promote HPV vaccination;
  • Interventions and programs supporting HPV vaccine acceptance.

Prof. Dr. Celia Fisher
Guest Editor

Dr. Aaliyah Gray
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • HPV vaccination
  • HPV prevention
  • vaccine uptake
  • HPV vaccine programs
  • evidence-based interventions
  • implementation science
  • health disparities

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