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SHORT RESEARCH REPORT
Sexual behavior and high-risk human papillomavirus in 15- to 22-year-old Lithuanian women
Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
© 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Volume 91, Issue 4, pages 511–513, April 2012
How to Cite
BUMBULIENE, Z. and ALISAUSKAS, J. (2012), Sexual behavior and high-risk human papillomavirus in 15- to 22-year-old Lithuanian women. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 91: 511–513. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01334.x
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.
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JAN 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 8 DEC 2011 01:50AM EST
- Received: 26 August 2011, Accepted: 27 November 2011
- Early coitarche, high-risk human papillomavirus infection, sexual behavior, smoking, young women
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.