Men who carry the human papillomavirus (HPV) have a higher risk of HIV infection. New data published in the Journal Aids indicate that infection with HPV is associated with a higher risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to Aids.
While the links between HPV infection and HIV in women have been widely studied, data about similar associations among men is limited.
The study, conducted in Kisumu, Kenya by researchers from the University of North Carolina, adds to mounting evidence showing a higher risk of HIV infections among individuals with genital HPV infections.
Men in the study with at least one occurrence of HPV infection faced double the risk of acquiring HIV, while those with three or more HPV infections had more than three times the risk of developing HIV. This pattern was consistent in both circumcised and uncircumcised men.