Research brief: Girls born with HIV at high risk of cervical cancer

Girls born with HIV infection are at an increased risk of developing cervical problems, US research suggests. The rate of first-time pregnancies, genital health and Pap test results of 638 girls, aged 13 and over, who became infected with HIV around the time of birth were monitored. Nearly half had abnormal cervical cells. The researchers concluded that the HPV vaccine might be of benefit to immunocompromised girls (AJPH Online 2007).

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