Prevalence of infection with high-risk human papillomavirus in women in Colombia

S. C. Soto-de Leon, M. Camargo, R. Sanchez, S. Leon, M. Urquiza, J. Acosta, D. Monsalve, L. E. Rodriguez, M. E. Patarroyo, M. A. Patarroyo

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The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in 2109 females inhabiting five cities of Colombia was determined. Of the 49.2% with an HPV infection, 59.8% were infected with more than one viral type. Species 7 (of the the genus Alpha papillomavirus) was associated with multiple infections. Analysis of the socio-demographic data revealed a statistically significant protective effect associated with the status of civil union (civil recognition of cohabitation without marriage), and indigenous ethnicity proved to be a risk factor for HPV infection. This is the first study comparing HPV infection among women from geographical regions of Colombia with different socio-cultural structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-102
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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