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A shorter interval between menarche and first sexual intercourse is associated with increased risk of high-grade cervical disease
  1. Jennifer S Smith
  1. Department of Epidemiology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Jennifer S Smith
    Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2103 McGavran-Greenberg, 135 Dauer Drive, Campus Box 7435, Chapel Hill 27599, USA; jennifers{at}unc.edu

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Implications for practice and research

  • Female adolescents with a shorter duration between the age of menarche and first sexual intercourse are at an increased risk of high-grade cervical disease.

  • Clinical counselling should include clear recommendations to obtain human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination well before first intercourse to reduce the future risk of high-grade cervical lesions among sexually naïve female adolescents.

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Ruiz and colleagues present associations between a shorter interval between menarche and first sexual intercourse on subsequent risk of high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN-2+) or adenocarcinoma in situ among young women (16–23 years), in phase III randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in Colombia …

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