|Human papillomavirus is mostly transmitted through sexual contacts, and it can lead to various diseases and even cancers on humanâs reproductive organs. Receiving HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS vaccination has been clinically recognized as one of the effective preventive measures in decreasing the incidence of precursors of these diseases and cancers. However, in Asian countries like Hong Kong, the vaccination rate is low. To encourage the vaccination, the barriers to receiving HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS vaccine among females should be understood. A qualitative study using individual semi-structured interviews with 35 young women aged 19 to 23 was adopted to understand these barriers. Seven intertwining perceptual, social and cultural, healthcare providers, and financial barriers were noted, including: perception as being low-risk due to an absence of sexual contact, lack of confidence in the safety of the vaccine, suspicion of parents concerning the intention to get vaccinated, lack of positive discussion among peers, insufficient information from primary care doctors, difficulty in choosing a suitable HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS vaccine, and high cost of the vaccine.
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