Table 3

Experiences receiving HPV positive results

HPV testing instead of Pap testing for cervical cancer:
Total (N)Not acceptable, n (%)Acceptable, n (%)P value
53361993 (36.0)3343 (60.4)
What would concern you most: being told you had abnormal Pap results, or being told you had HPV?†
 Being told I have abnormal Pap test results668274 (14.0)394 (11.9)<0.001*
 Being told I have HPV683197 (10.0)486 (14.7)
 Both would concern me equally38551464 (74.7)2391 (72.2)
 Neither would concern me6726 (1.3)41 (1.2)
Having an infection that is sexually acquired (HPV) does not concern me any differently than abnormal Pap results would†
 Agree1412442 (24.8)970 (31.5)<0.001*
 Disagree2465974 (54.6)1491 (48.4)
 Neutral987369 (20.7)618 (20.1)
It would be important for me to know who gave me HPV†
 Agree34681251 (70.3)2217 (71.7)0.094
 Disagree545188 (10.6)357 (11.5)
 Neutral859340 (19.1)519 (16.8)
It would be important for me to know when I got HPV†
 Agree37951372 (76.9)2423 (78.3)0.131
 Disagree432151 (8.5)281 (9.1)
 Neutral650260 (14.6)390 (12.6)
I think people would judge me for having HPV†
 Agree1775663 (37.4)1112 (36.0)0.307
 Disagree1419495 (27.9)924 (30.0)
 Neutral1666617 (34.8)1049 (34.0)
I would feel comfortable telling my partner if I had HPV†
 Agree33911198 (67.4)2193 (71.3)0.016*
 Disagree709284 (16.0)425 (13.8)
 Neutral755296 (16.6)459 (14.9)
I would not be concerned about transmitting HPV to my partner†
 Agree515174 (9.8)341 (11.1)0.095
 Disagree38251400 (78.7)2425 (79.0)
 Neutral509205 (11.5)304 (9.9)
Being HPV positive would not affect my relationship with my partner†
 Agree1249445 (25.1)804 (26.3)0.035*
 Disagree2003708 (39.9)1295 (42.3)
 Neutral1584622 (35.0)962 (31.4)
Having HPV would not cause me any concern about cervical cancer†
 Agree18152 (2.9)129 (4.2)0.012*
 Disagree41121499 (84.1)2613 (84.8)
 Neutral569231 (13.0)338 (11.0)
I would feel confident in the recommendations from my healthcare provider for follow-up of my HPV positive result†
 Agree38761323 (74.0)2553 (82.5)<0.001*
 Disagree22697 (5.4)129 (4.2)
 Neutral780369 (20.6)411 (13.3)
  • *Significant to p<0.05.

  • †Missing values up to 5336=not reported or prefer not to answer.

  • HPV, human papillomavirus.