Presence of HPV in later life may represent reactivation, not reinfectionBMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8517 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8517
- Bob Roehr
- 1Washington, DC
Recurrent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in women seen around the time of menopause may represent the reactivation of an old infection acquired decades earlier, rather than a new exposure, says a new study.1
Epidemiological studies worldwide have found two peaks of HPV infection in women. The first occurs a few years after sexual debut, followed by clearance of the infection in a significant proportion of women. The incidence during this peak correlates with the number of sexual partners.
The second peak occurs …