The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and life style of health students towards the risk factors and prevention of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Methodology: It was a double-blinded cross-sectional study conducted amongst 81 participants. All participants were delegates present at the SRHR-session of the 2nd Nigerian Health Students summit. Data on variables were obtained using a validated data collection tool that was distributed via a google online form. Analysis was done using a google spread sheet analyzer. Written consent was sought from each participant on the questionnaire.
Results: The genders were male [43.2%], females [53.1%], non-conforming [1.2%] and agender [1.2%]. While 1.2% chose not to say. Of these, 97.5% had knowledge on HPV with majority of them (72.8%) acquiring this knowledge from class lectures. With as much as 88.9% having knowledge on its association to cervical cancer, and although 82.7% had heard about the HPV vaccine, only 4.9% of them had received it, of which 50% were males.
Conclusion: The good knowledge on HPV, its pathologies and preventive measures displayed was not accompanied by readiness to practice some of the preventive measures, especially as soon by very poor HPV vaccination uptake.