Title

Human papillomavirus vaccine timing associated with eventual human papillomavirus diagnosis in women

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2020

Subject Area

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Abstract

Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are attributable to human papillomavirus (HPV), making it a significant women’s health issue. Though there have been advances in the prevention of HPV via vaccination, significant barriers continue to suppress vaccination rates for girls. Delaying vaccination until after sexual debut increases a woman’s chance of HPV infection, but there has been no quantification of this risk in the literature. The present study sought to address this gap via secondary data analysis with 173 female participants from the 2015–2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey dataset. Results indicate that women in the sample who received the HPV vaccine after their sexual debut were 2.63 times more likely than women who receive the vaccine before their sexual debut to report an HPV diagnosis. These results have clear public and sexual health implications.

Publication Title

International Journal of STD and AIDS

Volume

31

Issue

10

First Page

976

Last Page

981

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0956462420937168

PubMed ID

32693737

ISSN

09564624

E-ISSN

17581052

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