Giovanna Rodriguez

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the USA, and has major physical and psychological consequences including fear, anxiety and stigma. To date, there is no measure of health-related quality of life specifically designed to assess symptoms and functioning for people with cervical dysplasia resulting from(More)
Puerto Rican residents are exposed to some of the highest levels of environmental ultraviolet radiation in the world; paradoxically, the melanoma incidence in Puerto Rico is lower than that of the US mainland. The overall objective of this case-control pilot study was to test the hypotheses that (1) persons with melanoma have a significantly lower DNA(More)
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in Puerto Rico. Enough evidence exists to believe that coronary heart disease begins during the pediatric age. There has been and increased interest in recent years about the rationale for detection and treatment of hypercholesterolemia in children. Blood samples of 506 patients ages 3 to 17 were analyzed(More)
This study examined whether older siblings influence early adolescent girls' sexual socialization. Participants were 180 girls, 12 to 14-years-old, from predominantly ethnic minority backgrounds. They completed a battery of interviewer-administered measures assessing a range of sexual cognitions and romantic and sexual behaviors. As predicted, compared with(More)
Approximately 600 children under the age of 15 years, die each year in bicycle-related accidents. Over 80% of these deaths involve trauma to the head. Almost one fourth of all significant brain injuries in children are bicycle related. In spite of these significant statistics, bicycle helmet use in Puerto Rico has not received the necessary publicity to(More)
A survey of 245 adolescents visiting different San Juan area beaches was conducted to determine the frequency with which they used sunscreens lotions. Seventy-two percent of the teenager in the survey stated that they spent most weekends in the sun; however, only 68% always used sunscreen, while 31% never did. Prevalence factors found to be associated with(More)
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