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Young women’s risk of first HPV infection was high and increased when the first male partner was sexually experienced

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R L Winer

Dr R L Winer, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; rlw@u.washington.edu

STUDY QUESTION

In female university students, what factors influence the risk of acquiring human papillomavirus (HPV) infection from a first male sex partner?

STUDY DESIGN

Design:

prospective cohort study with mean 28-months follow-up.

Setting:

university in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Participants:

130 female university students 18–22 years of age who had had their first sexual intercourse with 1 male partner in the previous 3 months or had never done so and had their first intercourse during follow-up. Mean age at first intercourse was 19 years.

Risk factors:

age at first intercourse, years between menarche and first intercourse, partner’s age, and partner’s number of previous sex partners (as reported by the woman).

Outcomes:

first HPV infection (HPV DNA testing using polymerase chain reaction methods and genotyping were done on self-collected …

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