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Introduction: This purpose

of the survey was to evaluate
high school students’
understanding of HPV and its
vaccinations.

Survey Hypotheses:
70 percent of the participants
will say that an individual
that has HPV infection must
present symptoms.
40 percent of the participants
will say that they have received
the vaccine for HPV.
80 percent of the participants
will say that HPV can lead to
cancer.
Only 15 percent of the
individuals will know that it is
recommended to get three
doses of HPV vaccine.

Participants: A total of 38
individuals participated in the
survey, most of them being
high school seniors. This group
was selected for the survey

purposes to analyze
adolescence’s understanding of
the issue of STDs.

Survey Method: To gather
data, I used a google form to
survey the participants. I
shared the link on facebook
and individually messaged
individuals to ask whether they
will be willing to participate.

Survey Questions:
1. What is your gender?
2. What is your age?
3. What grade level are you
in?
4. Are you sexually active?
5. Do you think HPV
infections are sexually
transmitted?
6. Selected all that applies
to how HPV is
transmitted
a) Air-borne
b) Contact from droplet
c) Skin to skin contact
like sexual intercourse
d) Via contaminated
water

e) Vector-borne like
insect bite
f) Never heard of HPV
7. If an HPV transmission
occurred, what
symptoms can occur?
a) Anogenital Warts
b) Precancerous oral
lesions
c) Rash like purpura
d) May have no
recognizable
symptoms
e) Boils
8. To the best of your
knowledge, do you think
HPV infection can lead to
cancer?
9. True or False: HPV is
strongly associated with
cancer only in women.
10.
Do you know
anyone who has an HPV
infection?
11.
To the best of your
knowledge, is there a
cure to HPV?
12.
Have you heard
about the HPV vaccines?
13.
Have you received
a vaccine for HPV?

14.
At what age do you
think it is recommended
to get the vaccine?
a) Preteen age
b) Mid 20s
c) Once completed high
school
d) No specific age
15.
How many doses
do you think are
recommended for the
HPV vaccine?

If an HPV transmission
occurred, what
symptoms can occur?
 84 percent said that
HPV can cause
anogenital warts and
about 74 percent
believe that HPV may
also have no
recognizable
symptoms.
Boils
May have no recognizable symptoms

Survey Results/Data:
To the best of your knowledge, do
you think HPV infection can lead
to cancer?

10
28

Yes

No

Rash like purpura

 95 percent of the
participants
selected that
HPV can be
transmitted
through skin to
skin contact.
 About 48 percent
said that there
are three
recommended
doses for HPV
vaccine.
Conclusion: Overall,

Precancerous oral lesions
Anogenital Warts
0 10 20 30 40

 About 11 percent
said that they
know someone
with HPV
 About 40 percent
have received
vaccinations for
HPV

this survey was beneficial
and educational to see
how much the high
school student body is
aware of HPV. Many of
the students recognize
the risks of HPV and are
also aware of its cause.
Most of the participants
are even aware that HPV
can occur without
symptoms, contrary to
my hypotheses.
However, one of my

hypotheses was support,
which was that 40
percent of the
participants have
received the vaccine. As
vaccines for
Meningococcal disease is
required for college
admission, vaccine for
HPV should become
required.

The Human
Papillomav
irus

Arjun Luthra
ISM Spring
Semester