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Prev Med. 2010 Aug;51(2):182-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.06.002. Epub 2010 Jun 9.

Acculturation and HPV infection among Latinas in the United States.

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Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98109, USA. kepka@uw.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the relationship between acculturation and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among diverse US Latinas, a group at high risk for cervical cancer.

METHODS:

Using survey and medical testing data from the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), we examined the relationship between acculturation level and HPV infection among diverse Latinas (n=503) and Mexican American women (n=442). Multivariable logistic regression was performed using infection with any type of HPV and with high-risk oncogenic genotypes as outcome variables.

RESULTS:

More acculturated Mexican American women were more likely to be infected with high-risk HPV than less acculturated women. In multivariate analyses, Mexican Americans with higher levels of self-rated English language ability (2.48 OR, 95% CI: 1.42-4.33); with birth in the US (2.07 OR, 95% CI: 1.03-4.16); and with US born parents (2.98 OR, 95% CI: 1.45-3.72) were more likely to be infected with high-risk HPV genotypes. Mexican American women with higher levels of acculturation were more likely to test positive for other sexually transmitted infections.

CONCLUSION:

Higher acculturation levels related to more frequent infection with high-risk HPV genotypes and other STIs among US Mexican American women. This association may in part be due to engagement in sexual behaviors.

PMID:
20538014
PMCID:
PMC2919294
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2010.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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