The human papillomavirus an infection, or HPV, is the commonest sexually transmitted an infection within the U.S., in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. HPV is related to well being issues together with genital warts and cancers, however a vaccine has been out there since 2006 to assist cease the virus. The CDC studies greater than 12 years of knowledge helps the HPV vaccine is protected and efficient, but HPV vaccination charges throughout the U.S. nonetheless stay low.
Social media has a historical past of being a well-liked place for sexual well being discussions, and the HPV vaccine is likely one of the most mentioned vaccines on the web. Monique Luisi, an assistant professor within the College of Missouri College of Journalism, has studied greater than 6,500 public HPV vaccine-related posts on Fb from 2006 to 2016. In a earlier examine, Luisi used these Fb posts to establish a detrimental pattern on Fb associated to how individuals understand the HPV vaccine.
Now, she suggests this detrimental pattern on Fb may additionally trigger individuals to develop a false notion of the well being danger of the vaccine. After trying on the share of posts that made the vaccine appear extra harmful, much less harmful or neither, Luisi discovered almost 40% of Fb posts concerning the HPV vaccine amplified a perceived danger, and the info suggests these posts had momentum over time.
“We should always not assume that solely the illness is perceived as a danger, however when analysis helps it, that medical remedies and interventions may sadly even be perceived as dangers,” she mentioned. “It is extra seemingly that individuals are going to see issues on social media, significantly on Fb, that aren’t solely detrimental concerning the HPV vaccine, however may also counsel the HPV vaccine might be dangerous. It amplifies the concern that individuals might have concerning the vaccine, and we see that posts that amplify concern usually tend to pattern than those who do not.”
Luisi suggests the unfold of this detrimental info might lead individuals to have a false notion of the vaccine, so individuals ought to seek the advice of their physician or well being care supplier earlier than making an knowledgeable determination.
“Fb stays a very talked-about social media platform for grownup audiences, which necessitates motion to handle HPV vaccine danger messages,” she mentioned. “Persons are going to see what they’ll see on social media, so it is necessary to not solely take what you see on social media, but additionally discuss to a physician or well being care supplier. Simply because it is trending does not imply it is true.”
Luisi notes analysis should proceed to handle the notion of vaccine security the place the vaccine is perceived as a better well being risk than the virus or illness it prevents, and her examine may additionally inform officers for the continuing COVID-19 vaccine roll out and distribution.
“Because the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, individuals are seemingly going to see a variety of detrimental info, and that detrimental info will likely be what developments on social media,” she mentioned. “However, if the general public can anticipate this detrimental info, will probably be fascinating to see if that may that make them much less delicate to the perceived danger of the vaccine.”
Monique L.R. Luisi, From unhealthy to worse II: Threat amplification of the HPV vaccine on Fb, Vaccine (2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.11.065
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