Human papillomavirus awareness among HIV-infected drug users in two urban areas

Isabella Rosa-Cunha, Thomas M. Hooton, Gabriel A. Cardenas, Carlos Del Rio, Loida E. Bonney, Margaret Pereyra, Lisa R. Metsch

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of cervical and anal cancer. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and cocaine use are associated with increased risk for HPV infection and associated diseases, but little is known about HIV-infected drug users' awareness of HPV. We investigate HPV awareness among HIV-infected, sexually-active crack cocaine users from two inner-city hospitals in Florida and Georgia during their inpatient stays. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to examine potential correlates of HPV awareness. We interviewed 215 participants (110 women; 105 men) about their awareness of HPV infection. Overall, only 25% of respondents reported having heard of HPV. The odds of having heard of HPV were greater for respondents having a high-school degree or higher, having ever gone to an HIV provider for HIV care, and having two or more sexual partners. Despite increased susceptibility to HPV infection and HPV-related cancers, our study findings suggest that sexually-active HIV-infected crack cocaine users have little awareness of HPV and highlight the need for programmes targeting HPV education for HIV-infected crack cocaine drug users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-996
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Issue number14
StatePublished - Dec 26 2014


  • AIDS
  • anal cancer
  • cervical cancer
  • crack cocaine
  • drug users
  • HIV
  • HPV
  • human papillomavirus
  • knowledge
  • sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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