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New Human Papillomavirus Data Have Been Reported by Investigators at Boston University
Staff Writer
September 10, 2012


2012 SEP 10 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- A new study on Human Papillomavirus is now available. According to news reporting out of Boston, Massachusetts, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The objective of the study was to assess the incidence of, and risk factors for, abnormal anal cytology and anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) 2-3 in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected women. This prospective study assessed 100 HIV-infected women with anal and cervical specimens for cytology and high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) testing over 3 semiannual visits."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Boston University, "Thirty-three women were diagnosed with an anal cytologic abnormality at least once. Anal cytology abnormality was associated with current CD4 count less than 200 cells/mm(3), anal HPV infection, and a history of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Twelve subjects were diagnosed with AIN2-3: 4 after AIN1 diagnosis and 4 after 1 or more negative anal cytology. AIN2-3 trended toward an association with history of cervical cytologic abnormality and history of STI."

According to the news editors, the researchers concluded: "Repeated annual anal cytology screening for HIV-infected women, particularly for those with increased immunosuppression, anal and/or cervical HPV, a history of other STIs, or abnormal cervical cytology, will increase the likelihood of detecting AIN2-3."

For more information on this research see: Risk factors for abnormal anal cytology over time in HIV-infected women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2012;207(2):198-55. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology can be contacted at: Mosby-Elsevier, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/623277)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.S. Baranoski, Boston University, Sch Public Hlth, Dept. of Biostat, Boston, MA, United States (see also Human Papillomavirus).

Keywords for this news article include: Boston, Cytology, HIV/AIDS, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, Massachusetts, United States, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Human Papillomavirus, Primate Lentiviruses, Opportunistic Infections, North and Central America, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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