Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
REIS, Angela Adamski da Silva et al. Human papillomavirus and public health: cervical cancer prevention. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, suppl.1, pp. 1055-1060. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000700012.
The present study aimed to evaluate the applicability of an educational booklet that contained information for the general population about promotion and prevention of infections and neoplasic process caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The study was arranged in two phases. First, the booklet was given to 200 volunteers in the city of Goiânia, Goiás State. The applicability of the booklet was evaluated without the necessity of proving former knowledge. In the second phase, a detailed analysis of the data was made and the booklet revealed applicable. Then, the educational material was published and 2000 copies were distributed in a social event held by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Góias in the city of Goiânia. In the event, the booklet raised the interest of the general public and gave the volunteers a chance to participate in a study that investigated the presence of the HPV in the genital microbiote. The booklet proved to be applicable and reached its objective to inform and prevent. However, it's necessary to promote and improve campaigns to the population about the HPV and its relations with the neoplasic process.
Keywords : HPV; Health education and prevention.