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Determinants of Human Papillomavirus Infection Among Inuit Women of Northern Quebec, Canada

Hamlin-Douglas, Lauren Kay MSc*; Coutlée, François MD, MSc†‡§; Roger, Michel MD, PHD‡¶; Hanley, James PHD*; Franco, Eduardo L. PHD*†; Brassard, Paul MD, MSc*∥

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: June 2010 - Volume 37 - Issue 6 - p 377-381
doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3181cc4d22
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We investigated risk factors for prevalent high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) in Inuit women from Quebec. Younger age and having 10 or more lifetime sexual partners were associated with HR-HPV. Findings suggest that for older women, markers of recent sexual activity are more predictive of HR-HPV status than markers of lifetime sexual history.

From the Departments of *Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, and †Department of Oncology, McGill University, Montreal, QC; ‡Département de Microbiologie et Immunologie de l'Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC; §Laboratoire de virologie moléculaire, Centre de Recherche du CHUM, Montreal, QC; ¶Laboratoire d'immunogénétique, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), Montreal, QC; and ∥Department of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC

The authors thank the Tulattavik Health Centre, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, participating communities, and the many collaborating healthcare professionals and research staff including Serge Déry, Hélène Baribeau, Annie Pelletier, Nathalie Boulanger, Marie-Andrée Robitaille, Brigitte Richer, Solange Piché, Pierre Forest, Hélène Voyer, Simon Gagnon, Diane Gaudreau, and Sarah Vahey, who made this project possible.

Michel Roger, MD, PhD, is recipient of a research scholar award from the Fonds de la recherche en Santé du Québec.

Supported by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as from a Team Grant on HPV Infection and Associated Diseases from the same agency. Supported by CIHR, McGill University Health Centre, and McGill University Department of Medicine (to L.K.H-D.). Supported by a distinguished scientist salary award from the CIHR and the Merck-Frosst Commercial research grant; GSK, Gen-Probe, Roche, Consultant/Advisory board (to E.L.F.). Supported by a CIHR new investigator career award (P.B.).

Correspondence: Paul Brassard, MD, MSc, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Ross Pavilion, 687 Pine Avenue West, R4.15, Montreal, QC H3A 1A1. E-mail: paul.brassard@clinepi.mcgill.ca.

Received for publication July 14, 2009, and accepted November 22, 2009.

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