HIV-positive men show high rates of papillomavirus infection at oral, anal and penile sites

Published: June 26, 2013

HIV-carrying men are more frequently co-infected by human papillomavirus (HPV) in oral, anal and penile sites, according to a study published in the journal ‘Sexually Transmitted Diseases’ carried out by scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Lluita Contra la SIDA (Fight Against AIDS) Foundation and the IrsiCaixa Foundation (Spain).

Healthy cervical cells on the left and infected with HPV on the right. / Euthman

Prevalence and incidence of the virus, although significant in all groups of seropositive men, is especially high in the anal canal among men who have sex with men (MSM). The results have led the scientists to recommend routine medical anal, oral and penile examinations regardless of sexual behaviour and practices.

The study analysed year by year, between 2005 and 2009, the presence of papillomavirus among 733 male patients with HIV at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona. 538 of these patients had had homosexual sex. The researchers also studied the rate of new infections and clearance of the virus over the four-year study.

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