Human papillomavirus type distribution among heterosexual couples

Andrew T. Abalos, Robin B. Harris, Alan G. Nyitray, Amy Mitchell, Patricia A. Thompson, Anna R. Giuliano, Francisco Garcia

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OBJECTIVE: To gain a better understanding of human papillomavirus (HPV) transmission dynamics between sexual partners, HPV-type-specific concordance was investigated. METHODS: Twenty-nine couples were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Mean age was 30.5 years (range = 19.1-42.6 y) for men and 28.2 years (range = 19.4-44.5 y) for women. Samples were collected at the glans penis, penile shaft, and scrotum in men and at the endo/ectocervix and labia/vulva, and perineum in women. Samples were analyzed for the presence of HPV DNA first by polymerase chain reaction and then genotyped using the reverse-line blot method. RESULTS: Human papillomavirus prevalence for any HPV type was 75.9% among men and 86.2% among women. Eleven men and 10 women were infected with multiple HPV types. At least partial type-specific concordance was observed in 66% of the couples. Forty-one percent of the couples had perfect concordance. In 11 couples (37.9%), complete discordance was observed. CONCLUSIONS: These results provide valuable information about HPV-type-specific concordance and demonstrate the complexity of transmission dynamics in heterosexual couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • HPV
  • partners
  • type concordance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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