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Young Black women more likely to be infected with HPV than White women in Mississippi

Cervical cancer screening results among women in Mississippi suggests that young Black women have a higher prevalence of infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) at younger ages than do White women. Researchers  studied 6,871 women who underwent cervical cancer screening in Mississippi during 2018.

The prevalence of HPV infection was 50.2% among Black participants aged 21 to 24 years and 30.2% among those aged 30 to 34 years, compared to White women with 32.1% and 20.7%, respectively.

Researchers also found that signs of cervical precancer peaked in Blacks at an earlier age (25-29) than in Whites (35-39).

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