Sexual behavior and high-risk human papillomavirus in 15- to 22-year-old Lithuanian women

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  • Please cite this article as: Bumbuliene Z, Alisauska J. Sexual behavior and high-risk human papillomavirus in 15- to 22-year-old Lithuanian women. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 2012;91: DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01334.x.

Zana Bumbuliene, VU MF Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Antakalnio 57, Vilnius, LT-10207 Lithuania. E-mail: zana.bumbuliene@yahoo.com

Abstract 

We determined the risk of high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection in 169 15- to 22-year-old sexually active Lithuanian women attending two outpatient clinics in Vilnius. The Digene® Hybrid Capture II DNA test was used to test for HR-HPV infection on material collected by cervical swabs. The findings were compared with the pattern of sexual behavior as given in questionnaire replies. The overall risk of HR-HPV was 23.1%, but 60.0% in adolescents ≤15 years old. Mean age at first intercourse was 17.1 years; 73.5% of women had only had one sexual partner and 24.5% more than one. The risk of HR-HPV was higher in women with more than one sexual partner, and related to being a smoker and to early age at the first intercourse. Our results confirm that smoking, early coitarche, multiple sexual partners and unprotected vaginal intercourse are related to the risk of HR-HPV infection in young women.

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