Journal article

The prevalence of anal human papillomavirus among young HIV negative men who have sex with men

Huachun Zou, Christopher K Fairley, Jane S Hocking, Suzanne M Garland, Andrew E Grulich, Marcus Y Chen

BMC Infectious Diseases | BMC | Published : 2012


Men who have sex with men (MSM) especially those who are HIV positive are at risk for HPV-associated anal cancer. We systematically reviewed studies with data on the prevalence of vaccine preventable anal HPV among men who have sex with men aged 25 or younger and identified 6 studies. None of these studies were specifically designed to determine the prevalence of HPV in this population. Available data, albeit limited, suggest many young MSM may not already be HPV infected. Further studies using representative sampling focused on teenage MSM are required to confirm this.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

CF has received honoraria from CSL Biotherapies and Merck and research funding from CSL Biotherapies. CF owns shares in CSL Biotherapies the manufacturer for Gardasil. JH has received an honorarium from CSL Biotherapies and is an investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project (LP0883831) that includes CSL Biotherapies as a research partner. AG has received honoraria and untied research funding from CSL biotherapies, and has received honoraria from Merck. SG has received advisory board fees and grant support from CSL and GlaxoSmithKline, and lecture fees from Merck, GSK and Sanofi Pasteur; in addition, she has received funding through her institution to conduct HPV vaccine studies for MSD and GSK. SG is a member of the Merck Global Advisory Board as well as the Merck Scientific Advisory Committee for HPV. None of this relates to this specific work. MC and HZ have no conflicts of interest.