High HPV prevalence linked to underreporting of sexual debut

  • April 24, 2014

High prevalence of HPV before self-reported sexual debut could be due to underreporting of sexual activity, according to recent study findings published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Catherine F. Houlihan, MBChB, MRCP, DTHM, MSc, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues evaluated 474 girls aged 15 (47.5%) and 16 years (52.5%) in Tanzania to determine prevalence of HPV among girls who report not reaching sexual debut.

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