Knowledge of human papilloma virus among female dentists in jakarta, indonesia

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Abstract

Human papilloma virus (HPV), especially types 16 and 18, is thought to increase the risk of head and neck cancer. Although sexual intercourse is still the main mode of transmission, direct contact with body fluids has been reported as a mode of HPV transmission. Since HPV16 and 18 can be found in saliva, knowledge among female dentists about the risk of HPV needs to be evaluated. The aim of this study was to assess the general knowledge of HPV among female dentists in Jakarta. A cross sectional study was conducted on 156 female dentists at the Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Indonesia using a 10-item questionnaire about HPV. 152 questionnaires (98%) were completely filled out and analyzed. The median age of the respondents was 29 (min:25-max:44) and the median score was 7 (min:3-max:10). In this study, 99.3% of respondents had heard about HPV and 94.1% knew that HPV could cause cervical cancer. Only 46.7% knew that HPV can be detected in saliva. Additional sources of HPV information need to be given to increase HPV awareness among dentists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-667
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
Volume10
Issue numberSpecialissue
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Dentist
  • Human papillomavirus;knowledge;head and neck cancers

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