Access Type

Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name



Education Evaluation and Research

First Advisor

Shlomo Sawilowsky


The Human Papilloma Virus also known as HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. This particular STD consists of genital warts and can lead to cervical cancer in women. A HPV vaccine, Gardisil has been developed to help prevent the transmission of this particular STD. The topic of this paper is to discuss whether the HPV vaccine should be required to administer among female girls and adolescents. Despite the fact that the HPV vaccine is a preventative method for contracting HPV, many parents are not eager to accept this as a required vaccine to be administered to their daughter. One of the major reasons is due to lack of education about both HPV and the HPV vaccine. A study is performed to determine if parents are open to their child receiving the HPV vaccine and to test their knowledge of HPV and the HPV vaccine. The study concludes that parents do not have enough knowledge of HPV and the HPV vaccine to agree to the mandates that are being implemented throughout the United States to require female students to take the vaccine.