A novel human papillomavirus (HPV) type, HLT7474-S, was isolated from a cervical scraping of a female sex worker with a wart virus infection. The complete DNA sequence of 7812 bp was derived from four overlapping PCR products and authenticated by RFLP analysis. The L1 gene exhibited 78% identity to those of its most closely related known HPV types in group A7, comprising HPV types 18, 39, 45, 59, 68 and 70. The genomic organization and phylogenetic analysis of HLT7474-S and group A7 HPVs reiterated their relatedness. Of significance were the strong sequence similarity, phylogenetic relationship and conservation of critical motifs between the transforming E6 and E7 of HLT7474-S and E6 of HPV-18 and E7 of HPV-59, respectively. These features clearly suggest that HLT7474-S is a high-risk genital HPV isolate, closely related to HPV-18 and other members of the A7 group of genital HPVs.