Frequently Asked Questions

What is HPV?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common infection that is spread during sex . HPV can cause cervical cancer in women. It can cause cancers in the genitals (sex organs) as well as the nose, throat, and mouth in men and women. HPV also can cause genital warts.”


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How can I protect my child from the Human Papillomavirus?

The HPV Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from HPV infection. The HPV vaccine is a series of shots. These shots are most effective if given before a person becomes sexually active. But, even if sexual activity has begun, a person can still be protected by the shots and should be vaccinated.

All girls and boys ages 9 years to 17 years should get the HPV shots. All older teens and young adults ages 18-26 years old should also get the HPV shots if they have not already done so.

What is HPV Vaccine?

“Gardasil-9 is the only HPV vaccine currently used in the United States. Gardasil-9 protects against HPV infections and problems. It protects people from getting genital warts, genital cancers (including cancers of the cervix, penis, anus, vagina, and vulva) and oral cancers (in the nose, mouth and throat) in men and women. For people from 9-14 years of age, HPV vaccine is given in 2 shots, separated by 6 months. For people from 15-26 years of age, HPV vaccine is given in 3 shots, separated by 2 months and 6 months. It is important to get all the recommended shots to get the best protection.”

Where I can learn more about HPV?

What is the HPV - Hmong Promoting Vaccines project?

The Hmong Promoting Vaccines (HPV) project is a research study at the University of Minnesota.

We are making two kinds of education about HPV and HPV shots. We have written information and information on a web “app”.

We are making an educational mobile web app to help Hmong  teenagers and their parents learn about HPV and the HPV vaccine. The app helps you find clinics and doctors where you can get the HPV shots. The app also helps you find when you need to get your HPV shots.  Some of you will get text messages each day and quizzes for 5 days and then you will get text or e-mail reminders for up to 9 months or until you finish all your HPV vaccinations.

Who is paying for this project?

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Why is the HPV - Hmong Promoting Vaccines project so important?

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) teenagers, including Hmong, are not completing their recommended HPV shots even though they are at greater risk of getting cervical cancer and other HPV-related cancers. HPV vaccine rates in 2015 for Hmong children ages 9-17 at a community health center in Minnesota were 32% in girls and 20% in boys. This is lower than nationally published HPV vaccine rates (57% in girls and 35% in boys). This project will help support Hmong parents and teenagers to better understand more about HPV and get their needed HPV shots.

Why do we use the heart in our project?

This logo is created to promote HPV vaccines to Hmong teens and community members. We wanted to create visuals and contents that could relate to Hmong community members. The colors are common in Hmong cultural clothes. These colors were also selected to appeal to both Hmong males and females. Human Papillomavirus is commonly known to be obtained from having intercourse or making love. We used the heart shape because it is a representation of love. HPV (Human papillomavirus) can be a sensitive topic. In an attempt to connect it to a positive solution, we wrote in "Hmong Promoting Vaccines" and color the first letters of each words to relate back to HPV (Human papillomavirus), our public health problem.

What surveys do I have to do?

Everyone in the research project will take three (3) surveys. You do the first survey before you start the project, to show what you know about HPV and HPV vaccination. You take the second survey one week after finishing the education. You take the last survey 9 months after you have completed the education. After each survey, you will get a $20 gift card. For finishing 3 surveys, you get a total of $60. These surveys will check your understanding and knowledge of HPV and HPV shots.

What are the risks to being in this study?

There are few risks to you. You will learn about HPV and HPV shots. You will be asked to read about HPV and HPV shots. You will also answer questions about HPV and HPV shots. Some of the pictures of HPV infections may be hard to look at. Some of the questions may make you feel uncomfortable. You do not have to look at anything or answer anything you do not want to, but please tell us how you feel.

What are the benefits of being in this study?

There are few benefits to you. You will learn about HPV and HPV shots. This information may be helpful to you.

Where can I find a clinic to get an HPV vaccination?

The web application provides phone numbers and addresses of clinics nearest to you. Almost every outpatient clinic in Minnesota has HPV vaccinations.

What is a mobile web application (web app)?

A mobile web application (web app) is a software application that runs on smartphones, other mobile devices, electronic devices such as computers and tablets using the internet.

Who can I contact if I have issues with the mobile application?

You can contact one of our bilingual researchers:

Serena Xiong: 651-401-1950

Tounhia Khang: 612-219-2431

Who do I contact if I have questions and concerns and would like to talk to someone other than a researcher?

You can contact the Research Subjects’ Advocate Line at the following address or phone number:

D528 Mayo
420 Delaware St. Southeast
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
(612) 625-1650