Background: Effectiveness of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines in the context of both guidelines, which recommend vaccination at 14 years and modest vaccine coverage, is poorly documented.
Methods: Residual specimens from females aged <25 years undergoing chlamydia testing were collected, together with demographic, sexual behavior, and vaccine status data. Human pappilomavirus genotypes were determined using the PapilloCheck test system. We compared vaccine type (VT; types 6, 11, 16, 18) prevalence according to vaccination status and identified factors associated with VT prevalence.
Results: Of 3736 eligible samples, 822 were from vaccinated women according to immunization record, 1021 from women self-reporting vaccination, and 1893 from unvaccinated women. Adjusted vaccine effectiveness for confirmed vaccinated compared with unvaccinated women was 95.93% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 90.22-98.32) against VT HPV and 38.37% (95% CI = 12.68-56.51) against cross-reactive genotypes (HPV 31, 33, 45), respectively. Vaccine type HPV prevalence was significantly lower (0.61%) among confirmed-vaccinated women than among those who self-reported vaccination or unvaccinated women (1.76% and 15.0%, respectively). Factors associated with prevalent VT in multivariable analysis were vaccine status, positive Chlamydia trachomatis and ≥4 partners in the preceding year.
Conclusion: Our study demonstrates evidence of high effectiveness of HPV prophylactic vaccines at an individual level, supporting that wider implementation will help to reduce cervical cancer and precursors incidence.
Keywords: HPV; HPV type prevalence; vaccine; vaccine effectiveness.
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