Sexual risk behavior in women with cervical human papillomavirus infection

Arch Sex Behav. 1996 Aug;25(4):361-72. doi: 10.1007/BF02437579.


In a study of 972 women, sexual characteristics of 66 women with a cervical human papillomavirus infection (CHPI) were compared to the remaining study population. Among a number of sexual variables that were significantly correlated with CHPI were number of lifetime sexual partners, short partnerships, many recent partners, infidelity, casual travel sex, sexual début abroad, oral and anal sex, and sexual abuse. In multifactorial analyses four variables remained significantly correlated with CHPI, i.e., number of lifetime sexual partners, casual travel sex, sexual début abroad, and infidelity. It is concluded that CHPI shows most of the epidemiological characteristics of a sexually transmitted disease.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Cervix Uteri / virology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / virology*