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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Mar;188(3):677-84.

Clinical findings among young women with genital human papillomavirus infection.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to identify clinical signs and symptoms associated with detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in the female genital tract.

STUDY DESIGN:

A total of 516 university students (18 to 24 years old) enrolled in a cohort study that included the collection of genital specimens for HPV DNA testing every 4 months for up to 4 years. Reported symptoms and objective clinical findings of women with and without HPV DNA were compared by multivariate analysis.

RESULTS:

Acute and persisting HPV infections were not associated with discharge, itching, burning, soreness, or fissures. Clinical evidence of genital warts was statistically associated only with HPV types 6 and 11. Detection of any HPV DNA was associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV). Furthermore, a time lag analysis suggests that HPV infection usually precedes detection of BV.

CONCLUSION:

Most women who acquire genital HPV infection are asymptomatic; some, however, are at increased risk for BV.

PMID:
12634640
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