Oncogenic HPV types infection in adolescents and university women from North Portugal: From self-sampling to cancer prevention

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This study aimed to characterize the HPV infection status in adolescents and young university women in Portugal. The distribution of HPV genotypes was evaluated by PCR DNA genotyping after self-sampling collection from 435 women of exfoliated cervical cells using a commercial kit. We observed an overall frequency of HPV infection of 11.5%. Furthermore, HPV DNA prevalence was 16.6% in those young women that self-declared as sexually active. The more frequently detected HPV types were 31, 16, 53, and 61. Statistical analysis identified median age (OR = 3.56; P = 0.001), the number of lifetime sexual partners (OR = 4.50; P < 0.001), and years of sexual activity (OR = 2.36; P = 0.008) as risk factors for HPV acquisition. Hence, our study revealed that oncogenic HPV infection is common in young asymptomatic women Portuguese women, with a history of 25 sexual partners and over 2 year of sexual activity. Moreover, these results demonstrate that HPV detection performed in self-collected samples may be important to appraise better preventive strategies and to monitorize the influence of vaccination programmes within different populations. Copyright © 2011 Jani Silva et al.

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Silva, J., Ribeiro, J., Sousa, H., Cerqueira, F., Teixeira, A. L., Baldaque, I., … Medeiros, R. (2011). Oncogenic HPV types infection in adolescents and university women from North Portugal: From self-sampling to cancer prevention. Journal of Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/953469

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