MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Lisa T. Wigfall, PhD, MCHES(R)
Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Human papilloma virus (or HPV) is a very common sexually transmitted infection that can cause some types of cancer. These include anal, cervical, oral, penile, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. Some people such as people who are HIV-positive and men who have sex with men have a greater risk for developing HPV-associated cancers. The risk of developing anal cancer is significantly higher for men who have sex with men who are also HIV-positive.
Our study included adults who were at risk for becoming HIV-positive, which included having unprotected anal sex.