In vivo detection of human papilloma virus-induced lesions of anogenital area after application of acetic acid: a novel and accurate approach to a trivial method

J Photochem Photobiol B. 2001 Dec 31;65(2-3):115-21. doi: 10.1016/s1011-1344(01)00237-8.


Human papilloma virus infection is increasing at an alarming rate. The ability of the virus to establish a subclinical infection and its association with malignancy of the lower genital tract make the statistics even more worrisome. Topical application of acetic acid solution provokes temporal alterations of the light-scattering properties of human papilloma virus-induced lesions of anogenital area. For the in vivo study of the phenomenon, an imaging system has been employed, which performs time-lapse imaging and enables the calculation and display of the kinetics of the provoked alterations in any point within the examined area. Confirmation of diagnosis has been established with conventional histology and polymerase chain reaction. It has been shown that the method provides early detection and staging of skin alteration or transformation due to human papilloma virus infection and enables mapping of the infected area.

MeSH terms

  • Acetates / pharmacology*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Condylomata Acuminata / pathology*
  • Condylomata Acuminata / virology
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomaviridae* / classification
  • Papillomaviridae* / genetics
  • Papillomaviridae* / isolation & purification
  • Papillomavirus Infections / pathology*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / virology
  • Penile Diseases / pathology
  • Penile Diseases / virology


  • Acetates
  • DNA, Viral