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Open Access Highly Accessed Correspondence

The prevalence of anal human papillomavirus among young HIV negative men who have sex with men

Huachun Zou1, Christopher K Fairley12, Jane S Hocking3, Suzanne M Garland4, Andrew E Grulich5 and Marcus Y Chen12*

Author Affiliations

1 School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

2 Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia

3 Centre for Women’s Health, Gender and Society, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

4 Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Women’s Hospital and Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

5 Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2012, 12:341  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-341

Published: 9 December 2012

Abstract

Men who have sex with men (MSM) especially those who are HIV positive are at risk for HPV-associated anal cancer. We systematically reviewed studies with data on the prevalence of vaccine preventable anal HPV among men who have sex with men aged 25 or younger and identified 6 studies. None of these studies were specifically designed to determine the prevalence of HPV in this population. Available data, albeit limited, suggest many young MSM may not already be HPV infected. Further studies using representative sampling focused on teenage MSM are required to confirm this.

Keywords:
Human papillomavirus (HPV); Men who have sex with men; Prevalence