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HIV status may affect the progression of HPV infection to cervical pre-cancer

from American Association for Cancer Research via Medical Xpress

A study of Senegalese women showed that human papillomavirus infection was more likely to develop into cervical pre-cancer in women living with human immunodeficiency virus. The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, by Hilary K. Whitham, PhD, MPH, a research associate at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While most HPV infections are cleared by the body's immune system, persistent HPV infection can lead to the development of precancerous lesions and cervical cancer. Previous research has indicated that HIV-positive women face an increased risk of HPV infection, precancerous lesions and cervical cancer compared with HIV-negative women. more

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