Vaccine awareness in South Africa
Awareness & beliefs of cervical cancer vaccines & screening among adolescents in South Africa
Young women in Durban South Africa are living in the epicenter of the HIV epidemic. HIV puts women at higher risk for HPV infection and progression for cervical cancer, making this an important area for prevention efforts. Despite this, there are low rates of HPV vaccine uptake in an area of the world with the highest HIV rates and challenging access to screening.
In partnership the AYAZAZI study, we will explore women’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs around HPV, vaccination, and cervical cancer screening. The AYAZAZI study is a large longitudinal cohort of young adults, which takes a youth-centered approach to understanding the socio-behavioural and clinical risk factors for HIV acquisition.