MSM from minority groups are at higher risk of having HPV, researchers say

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The study—which has been published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs—looked at the prevalence of HPV exposure and vaccination as well as HIV infection for young (under 23) men having sex with men, and noted that there is a significant deviation in statistics if to take racial and ethnic factors into consideration. They found that 58 percent of gay and bisexual men from racial and ethnic minorities were diagnosed with HPV in comparison to just 18% of white MSM. HPV is short for human papilloma virus and is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Some types of the virus can have potentially deadly complications as it increases the risk of having cancer. Researchers also found that neighborhood poverty and HIV infection were linked to higher rates of anal HPV. The study’s lead author Perry Halkitis said the higher rates of HPV infections in gay and bisexual men were a “missed prevention opportunity.”

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