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Media Advisory 10-001

New Findings Shed Light on Who's Afraid of HPV

Study results to be presented in major peer-reviewed journal on Jan. 13; NSF sponsors embargoed webcast news briefing for journalists on Jan. 12

Photo of a woman inserting a hypodermic needle into a vial.

New research reveals hotly debated risk perceptions associated with HPV vaccine proposals.

January 7, 2010

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The "cultural cognition thesis" argues that individuals form risk perceptions based on often-contested personal views about what makes a good society. But what does it reveal about people's views regarding one of the most hotly debated health care proposals in recent years: vaccinating elementary-school girls, ages 11-12, against human papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread sexually transmitted disease?

Join the National Science Foundation for a live webcast as Yale University law professor Dan Kahan discusses new details of an experimental study that asks the following questions: Who fears the HPV vaccine, who doesn't and why? The webcast is embargoed until the research findings are published online in a major peer-reviewed journal on Jan. 13.


Journalists only please


Jan. 12, 2010, 11 a.m.


Passwords are needed to access the webcast and to ask questions during the live event; journalists interested in participating must e-mail to obtain the necessary passwords.


Visit and/or call 888-790-1965 to access the webcast.

Journalists are encouraged to submit questions in advance to



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