Cervical Cancer Risk Tied to Early First Intercourse, Male Partnerís Sexual Activity

A study of Thai women found that cervical cancers associated with HPV types 16 and 18 correlated to early first intercourse. While most women in the study were monogamous, their husbands frequented prostitutes. HPV was a common precursor to the onset of cervical carcinoma.

  • This study of Thai women found that age of first sexual intercourse and a sexual partnerís behavior (multiple sexual partners) may affect the development of HPV infection and development of subsequent cervical cancer. Out of the 418 women tested in this study, 168 had either HPV-16 or HPV-18, and the study found that the 250 women without HPV were less likely to have cervical cancer. Increased risk of cervical cancer was also associated with having borne children and use of oral contraceptives. 1

    1Human Papillomaviruses and Cervical Cancer in Bangkok. I. Risk Factors for Invasive Cervical  Carcinomas with Human Papillomavirus Types 16 and 18 DNA, American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 153, No. 8, 2001, pp. 723-731.

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