Journal article

Anal human papillomavirus infections in young unvaccinated men who have sex with men attending a sexual health clinic for HPV vaccination in Melbourne, Australia

Eric PF Chow, Jennifer A Danielewski, Gerald L Murray, Glenda Fehler, Marcus Y Chen, Catriona S Bradshaw, Suzanne M Garland, Christopher K Fairley

Vaccine | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

The Victorian Government introduced a time-limited quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination catch-up program targeting gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) aged up to 26 years in 2017. As of 2017, men aged ≥20 years were not eligible for the school-based HPV vaccination program. This study examined the prevalence of anal HPV among 496 MSM aged 20-26 years before they received the first dose of the HPV vaccine at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Australia. More than half (56.5%) had any high-risk HPV genotypes detected in the anus. Almost half (43.1%) had at least one quadrivalent HPV vaccine-preventable genotype (6, 11, 16 or 18) and one-fifth (21.0%) had HPV 16 det..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grant (number 568971).