A study found that girls are at risk for HPV even before having sexual intercourse.
One hundred ninety participants (73 percent) were sexually experienced, and many had had multiple sexual partners; the average number of sexual partners was about six. Among sexually active participants, 133 (70 percent) tested positive for HPV.
Of the 69 participants who had not had sex, eight tested positive for HPV, two of whom had HPV-16, a high-risk type of HPV. (Most cervical cancers are caused by HPV-16 or HPV-18.)
The study did say that the results could be different if it was with a group with different sexual behaviors.
Does this information affect your decision on whether to get your teen the HPV vaccine?