Human papillomavirus vaccine intention among college men: What's oral sex got to do with it?

Richard A. Crosby, Ralph J. DiClemente, Laura F. Salazar, Rachel Nash, Sinead Younge, Sara Head

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Objective: To identify associations between engaging in oral sex and perceived risk of oral cancer among college men. Also, to identify associations, and their moderating factors, between oral sex and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptance. Methods: Young men were recruited from 2 university campuses in the South (N = 150). Men completed an audio computer-assisted self-administered interview. Results: With the exception of receiving fellatio, each measure of oral sex behavior was significantly associated with greater perceived risk of oral cancer. Four oral sex behaviors evidenced significant associations with vaccine acceptance. Men engaging in recent oral sex or reporting oral sex behaviors with more than 2 partners were more likely to indicate vaccine intent. African American/black race, communication with parents about sex-related topics, and HPV-related stigma/shame were identified as moderating factors. Conclusion: Young college men giving or receiving oral sex with multiple partners may be predisposed to HPV vaccination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-12
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • cervical cancer
  • human papillomavirus
  • prevention
  • sexual behavior
  • young males

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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