HPV type-specific distribution was evaluated in genital samples collected from 151 women from West Africa and Horn of Africa, living in the Asylum Seeker Center in Bari Palese (Italy), undergoing voluntary screening correlated with cytological abnormalities. HPV-DNA was assayed by Linear Array HPV genotyping test. HPV DNA was detected in 39.1 % of the women, 42.5 % of which had multiple infection and 69.5 % had high-risk HPV infection. Age-prevalence rates evidenced a peak of HPV infection in women ≤20 years of age (53.1 %). HPV 53 and 16 were the most common viral types (13.5 and 12.0 % respectively). Abnormal Pap test results were found in 4.4 % of women with known cytological result. Although a prevalence of HPV positive women higher in African than in European women was expected, the differing rate between residents and migrants African women must be investigated in future studies.
HPV genotypes Immigrants Cytological diagnosis West Africa Horn of Africa
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