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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0034-7434On-line version ISSN 2463-0225


PALENCIA-SANCHEZ, Francisco  and  ECHEVERRY-CORAL, Sandra Johanna. Social considerations affecting acceptance of HPV vaccination in Colombia. A systematic review. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2020, vol.71, n.2, pp.178-194. ISSN 0034-7434.


To identify social factors influencing the acceptance of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in the Colombian population before and after the unexpected and poorly defined event of unknown etiology which occurred in 2014.

Materials and methods:

A systematic review of the literature was conducted in the following databases: Scopus, Web of Science, Medline via PubMed, Embase, Online Health Library (Biblioteca Virtual en Salud) and Ovid, and also in Google Scholar, academic repositories and in Colombian health institutions, using the terms “recombinant tetravalent vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus types 6, 11, 16, 18”, “Colombia”, “Papilloma” in order to primarily identify systematic reviews, quantitative and qualitative studies, narrative reviews, focusing on social aspects such as education, access, relationship with healthcare staff and role of the media which may have acted as barriers or facilitators for the acceptance of HPV vaccination in Colombia between 2006-2018. A narrative synthesis of the data was made.


Twenty-four documents were included. The importance attached by parents, adolescents, providers and the media to having greater knowledge about HPV and its association with cervical cancer was identified. The relevance of good communication among healthcare professions and the community to enable adequate sharing of information regarding the risks and benefits of the vaccines was recognized. The inclusion of the vaccine in health insurance plans made access easier. The media must be involved as facilitators in vaccination programs.


Education regarding HPV, patient-centered healthcare and adequate media coverage influence the acceptance of HPV vaccination in the Colombian population. Close follow-up of any vaccine-related adverse events is required.

Keywords : Recombinant tetravalent vaccine against human papilloma virus types 6, 11, 16, 18; Colombia; papiloma.

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