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Table 1 Demographic characteristics and overall hr-HPV prevalence of the study population

From: High prevalence of and factors associated with human papillomavirus infection among women attending a tertiary hospital in Gauteng Province, South Africa

  n %
Age (years) (n = 523)
 18–29 151 28.9
 30–39 171 32.7
 40–49 121 23.1
 50–59 61 11.7
 60 +  19 3.6
Marital status (n = 526)
 Single 354 67.3
 Married 126 24.0
 Divorced/Widowed/Separated 46 8.7
Employment status (n = 526)
 Employed 237 45.1
 Unemployed 289 54.9
Place of residence (n = 522)
 Rural 12 2.3
 Semi-urban 448 85.6
 Urban 63 12.1
Number of children (n = 526)
 None 92 17.5
 1–2 302 57.4
 3–4 118 22.4
 5 and more 14 2.7
Present sexual activity status (n = 526)
 Not active 106 20.2
 Active 420 79.8
Number of current sexual partners (n = 526)
 None 100 19.0
 1 392 74.5
 2 or more 34 6.5
Number of past sexual partners over 12 months (n = 526)
 None 99 18.8
 1 214 40.7
 2 76 14.4
 3 67 12.7
 4 or more 70 13.3
Use of contraceptives (n = 526)
 Not using 374 71.1
 Using 152 28.9
Period of contraceptive use (n = 526)
 6 months 33 6.3
 12 months 25 4.8
 24 months 34 6.5
 More than 24 months 60 11.4
 N/A 374 71.1
Pregnant (n = 526)
 Not pregnant 427 81.2
 Pregnant 90 17.1
 Don’t know 9 1.7
Period of pregnancy (n = 526)
 1–3 months 84 16.0
 4–6 months 5 1.0
 7–9 months 1 0.2
 N/A 436 82.9
Hr-HPV
 Hr-HPV DNA 253 48.1
 HPV type 16 62 24.5
 HPV type 18 31 12.3
 Other 12 h-HPVs 221 87.4
 Hr-HPV E6/E7 mRNA (n = 253) 213 84.2
  1. Note that n adds up to more than 253 because of multiple hr-type infections in some samples