OBJECTIVE - We investigated whether Latina mothers who were and were not human papillomavirus (HPV) positive differed in their knowledge and acceptance of the HPV vaccine for their children.
METHODS - We conducted a cross-sectional survey among women aged 18-64 years between April 2007 and April 2008. Data collectors conducted in-person interviews in community clinics with 215 HPV-negative women and 190 HPV-positive women (with respective response rates of 64% and 84%). Most (83%) HPV-positive women were recruited at dysplasia clinics. Although no HPV-negative women were recruited at dysplasia clinics, they were recruited at other low-income public and private clinics.
RESULTS - After adjustment for age, marital status, and health insurance, women who were HPV positive were more likely than HPV-negative women to have heard about the HPV vaccine, to indicate they would have their daughters and sons vaccinated against cervical cancer even if they had to pay themselves, and to be in favor of the proposed Texas law requiring girls to receive the HPV vaccine before entry into sixth grade but less likely to be in favor of girls receiving the vaccine at age > or =13.
CONCLUSIONS - Our findings indicate that >90% of Latinas living on the Texas-Mexico border find the HPV vaccine acceptable for their own daughters and sons.