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Kentucky: Transgender Women Have Higher HPV Prevalence Than Men Who Have Sex With Men

Human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence is high among men who have sex with men (MSM), yet little is known about HPV among transgender women (TGW). Seeking to ameliorate this gap in the knowledge around HPV, a  multi-site team of investigators assessed HPV prevalence and knowledge among TGW compared with MSM. The results of their study “Transgender Women Have Higher Human Papillomavirus Prevalence Than Men Who Have Sex With Men—Two U.S. Cities, 2012–2014”, appear in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Dr. Vidisha Singh, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the first author. Co-authors include Dr. Richard Crosby, professor of health, behavior and society at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Investigators found that among TGW, HPV prevalence was high and knowledge was low. Most were still naïve to 1 or more HPV vaccine type. Although vaccination ideally occurs prior to exposure, findings support existing national recommendations to vaccinate TGW and MSM, and suggest additional outreach might increase vaccination.

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