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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;


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



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


university in Seattle, Washington, USA.


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).


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

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  • Source of funding: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.