Hong Kong Dermatology & Venereology Bulletin

Volume 10 Number 4, December 2002

Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus Infection: Epidemiology in Local High-Risk Women

Dr. W. K. Tang
Social Hygiene Service, Department of Health, Hong Kong

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common cause of viral infection of the epithelial tissues of skin and mucous membranes. While cutaneous wart is the commonest clinical manifestation of HPV infection, it is also known to cause genital tract malignancies. Lately, 48.3% of female sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic attendees were found to have HPV and 24.0% of them were infected by oncogenic types. Identification of associated risk factors for oncogenic HPV is an important area in future studies.

Keywords : High-risk HPV, high-risk women, human papillomavirus, oncogenic, STD

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