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Drexel Faculty Publishes on Impact of Media Coverage on HPV Vaccine

Dr. Ann Klassen, associate dean for research and chair of the department of community health and prevention at Drexel University School of Public Health, is senior author on two recently published articles examining the presentation of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the news media between 2005 and 2009, and the likely role of this coverage on vaccine policy development, public support and uptake in the United States. In collaboration with Ms. Dana Casciotti of the National Library of Medicine, and Dr. Katherine Clegg Smith, and Dr. Amy Tsui, of Johns Hopkins University, the article “Discussions of adolescent sexuality in news media coverage of the HPV vaccine” published in the Journal of Adolescence, uses a mixed methods approach to analyze 447 articles from national and regional papers, and a purposive sample of 49 articles with content related to sexuality. Although the discourse generally supported vaccination in the context of comprehensive sexual health education for adolescents, it also emphasized fear-inducing messages about HPV and cervical cancer.