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Sex Transm Dis. 2001 Mar;28(3):125-30.

Human papillomavirus: a highly prevalent sexually transmitted disease agent among female sex workers from Mexico City.

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  • 1Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca, México.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cervical cancer, a human papillomavirus (HPV)-caused neoplasia, is highly prevalent in Mexico.

GOAL:

To determine the prevalence of HPV infection in female sex workers (FSW) from Mexico City and to assess the association between HPV infection and the characteristics of these women.

STUDY DESIGN:

A questionnaire was applied to 495 FSW. Cervical cell specimens were obtained for DNA amplification and hybridization to detect 27 HPV types. A risk factor analysis was performed.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of HPV infection was 48.9%. The prevalence of high-risk HPV types was 43%, whereas that of low-risk types was 24.6%. A total of 18.8% of study participants was infected with both high-risk and low-risk HPV types, and 28.5% were infected with two or more HPV types. Younger age and failure to use a condom were independently associated HPV risks (odds ratio, 7.3 and 2.3; 95% CI, 3.5-15.0 and 1.2-4.4, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS:

Infection with high-risk and multiple HPV types is high among Mexican FSW. This study corroborated a higher infection rate in younger women. A higher risk of HPV infection is also observed in women who have been involved with sex work for less than 1 year. However, condom use showed a protective effect against HPV infection.

PMID:
11289192
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