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QuickStats: Prevalence of HPV* Infection Among Sexually Active Females Aged 14--59 Years, by Age Group --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2003--2004

* Human papillomavirus.

Determined by DNA extraction from self-collected cervicovaginal swabs.

§ 95% confidence interval.

Among sexually active females (i.e., 57% of females aged 14--19 years and 97% of those aged 20--59 years), the prevalence of HPV infection was highest for those in the youngest age groups (i.e., approximately 40% in those aged 14--19 years and 50% in those aged 20--24 years). Prevalence declined substantially after age 24 years.

SOURCES: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003--2004. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhanes/nhanes2003-2004/nhanes03_04.htm.

Dunne EF, Unger ER, Sternberg M, et al. Prevalence of HPV infection among females in the United States. JAMA 2007;297:813--9.



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