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High papillomavirus infection seen in U.S.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Dec 16, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Indiana researchers report finding a much higher rate of papillomavirus viral infection in sexually active female adolescents than previously recorded.

Dr. Darron Brown and colleagues of Indiana University School of Medicine studied 60 adolescent women, ages 14 to 17, at three primary care clinics in Indianapolis.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV infection, is a common sexually transmitted infection whose effects may range from passive carriage of the virus to genital warts to cervical cancer.

During the course of the study, 49 of 60 subjects tested positive for HPV infection, and many of the HPV-positive study participants were infected with not just one, but multiple, HPV types.

In the 2-year study, 85 percent of participants were African American, 11 percent were Caucasian, and 3 percent were Hispanic.

The study and results will appear in the Jan. 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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