Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men who have Sex with Men in Lima, Peru.

Published: April 21, 2012


Human papillomarvirus (HPV) infection among men who have sex with men (MSM) is the primary risk factor for anal cancer. Of 105 Peruvian MSM examined, 77.1% were infected with HPV; of which 79.0% were co-infected with 2 or more types; and 47.3% were infected by a carcinogenic type. HPV types 53, 6, 16, and 58 were the most frequent HPV infections detected. High-risk HPV type infection was associated with sex work, HIV status, non-smoking status, and having rectal chlamydial or gonnorheal infection. These findings support broadening HPV vaccine coverage and increasing surveillance for the development of cancer in MSM infected with HPV.

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