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P821 Sexual behavior in adolescents before and after introduction of the HPV vaccination in canada
  1. Gina Ogilvie1,
  2. Robine Donken1,
  3. Heather Pedersen1,
  4. Julie Bettinger2,
  5. Ran Goldman3,
  6. Elizabeth Saewyc4,
  7. Simon Dobson5,
  8. Monika Naus6,
  9. Manish Sadarangani7
  1. 1University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  2. 2BC Children’s Research Institute, Vancouver, Canada
  3. 3University of British Columbia, Department of Pediatrics, Vancouver, Canada
  4. 4University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, Vancouver, Canada
  5. 5Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar
  6. 6University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada
  7. 7BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Vaccine Evaluation Center, Vancouver, Canada


Background Currently all Canadian jurisdictions have implemented school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination into their routine immunization programs. Uptake rates in girls vary from 52.6% to 89.3% between jurisdictions. At the time of implementation, there were concerns that HPV vaccination could lead to riskier sexual health choices among adolescents. This systematic review explores the influence HPV vaccination programs on sexual behavior among adolescent girls in Canada.

Methods A systematic literature review was performed using PubMed, followed by a cited reference search. Studies were included if they reported sexual behaviors or biological outcomes in Canadian participants. We descriptively compared sexual behavior and rates of pregnancy and sexually transmittable infections (STI) in the pre- and post vaccination era or amongst vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Results In total, 38 Canadian articles were identified and four met eligibility criteria. HPV vaccination was not associated with a diagnosis of STI (OR 0.81, 95%CI 0.63–1.04 and 0.91, 95%CI 0.78–1.06, respectively). Being eligible for HPV vaccination was not associated with pregnancy (OR 0.69, 95%CI 0.49–0.98 and OR 1.01, 95%CI 0.93–1.10). One study found that girls eligible for HPV vaccination were less likely to ever have had sexual intercourse (OR 0.89, 95%CI 0.82–0.98). HPV vaccination was not associated with the lifetime number of partners for vaginal or receptive anal intercourse. There was no difference in having had ≥3 sexual partners within the past year. Only the lifetime number of partners for oral receptive intercourse was found to be higher among vaccinated (mean 2.50) than unvaccinated (mean 1.51) women. Use of condoms at last intercourse was slightly higher in vaccine eligible cohorts (OR 1.28, 95%CI 1.10–1.49).

Conclusion HPV vaccination has not been associated with riskier sexual behavior, increased STI or pregnancy rates among young Canadian adolescents. These findings are in line with those from an increasing number of international studies.

Disclosure No significant relationships.

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