High incidence of cervical human papillomavirus infection in women during their first sexual relationship

BJOG. 2002 Jan;109(1):96-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2002.01053.x.


The prevalence of cervical human papillomavirus increases with increasing numbers of sexual partners, leaving the impression that this infection is acquired only as a result of high risk sexual behaviour. Using longitudinal data from 242 women who had only had one sexual partner, we found that the risk of acquiring cervical human papillomavirus infection was 46% (95% CI 28-64) at three years after first intercourse and that the median time from first intercourse to first detection of human papillomavirus was only three months.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Coitus
  • DNA, Viral / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification
  • Papillomavirus Infections / etiology*
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexual Partners*
  • Uterine Cervical Diseases / virology*


  • DNA, Viral