Latinas have disproportionally high rates of cervical cancer in part due to their reliance on Latino partners to make sexual health decisions, their limited knowledge about human papillomavirus (HPV), and inconsistent Pap smear screening behaviors. In this qualitative study, we examined the sexual health beliefs of Latino college men regarding HPV. Participants included 6 Mexican American college students from a large Midwestern university. We conducted 18 in-depth individual interviews about men's beliefs, attitudes, and knowledge about HPV. Through theme analysis, we identified 4 themes suggesting that participants' limited knowledge of HPV places their female partners at risk. Implications for health promotion programming are discussed.
- Cervical cancer
- College men
- Sexual health
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health