Sexual behavior and partner characteristics are the predominant risk factors for genital human papillomavirus infection in young women.

@article{Burk1996SexualBA,
  title={Sexual behavior and partner characteristics are the predominant risk factors for genital human papillomavirus infection in young women.},
  author={Robert D Burk and Gloria Y. F. Ho and L. N. Beardsley and Michele L Lempa and Melissa J. Peters and Robert Bierman},
  journal={The Journal of infectious diseases},
  year={1996},
  volume={174 4},
  pages={
          679-89
        }
}
Risk factors for cervicovaginal human papillomavirus (HPV) infection were investigated in 604 college women. HPV was detected in 168 (27.8%) of the subjects by L1 consensus primer polymerase chain reaction, Southern blot hybridization, or both. Significant independent risk factors for HPV (P < .05) included age (odds ratios [ORs]: 2.6 for 21-23 years old and 1.6 for > 23, vs. < or = 20), ethnicity (ORs: 3.2 for black, 2.2 for Hispanic, vs. white/other), number of lifetime male vaginal sex… CONTINUE READING
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