Oral sex practices, oral human papillomavirus and correlations between oral and cervical human papillomavirus prevalence among female sex workers in Lima, Peru

B. Brown, M. M. Blas, A. Cabral, C. Carcamo, P. E. Gravitt, N. Halsey

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Abstract

Few data exist on oral human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence in female sex workers (FSWs). Information regarding oral sex practices of 185 Peruvian FSWs, 18-26 years of age, was obtained via survey and compared with HPV testing results of oral rinse samples. Oral HPV prevalence was 14/185 (7.6%); four (28.9%) HPV genotypes were carcinogenic. One hundred and eighty-two participants reported having had oral sex; 95% reported condom use during oral sex with clients and 9.5% with partners. Women who had oral sex more than three times with their partners in the past month were more likely to have oral HPV than women who had oral sex three times or less (P = 0.06). Ten (71.4%) women with oral HPV were HPV-positive at the cervix; conversely 8.3% of women with cervical HPV were HPV-positive in the oral cavity. The prevalence of oral HPV was relatively low, considering the high rates of oral sex practiced by these women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-658
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of STD and AIDS
Volume22
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Cervical abnormality
  • Concordance
  • Female sex workers
  • HPV
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Oral
  • Oral rinse samples
  • Peru

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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