Cervical human papilloma virus infection of women attending social hygiene clinics in Hong Kong

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1993 Apr;41(1):75-9. doi: 10.1016/0020-7292(93)90157-r.


Objective: To find the prevalence of HPV infection in women attending a sexually transmitted disease clinic in Hong Kong.

Method: Cervical HPV infection was identified by cervical cytology and DNA filter in-situ-hybridization (Virapap) techniques in 207 women attending a social hygiene clinic. Other risk factors for cervical cancer were assessed and any association with HPV infection was sought. Statistical analysis was carried out using the chi 2-test.

Result: The prevalence of HPV infection in the 207 Chinese women was 8.2% by cervical smear and 12.6% by DNA filter in-situ-hybridization. Risk factors for cervical cancer were not significantly associated with HPV infection in this group, 95% of whom were prostitutes.

Conclusion: The prevalence of HPV infection in this group at high risk for cervical cancer is higher than in low-risk pregnant women, however the prevalence of HPV infection in Hong Kong is at the low end of the range of figures quoted for Caucasians. The cause of such a low prevalence is yet to be determined.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cervix Uteri / microbiology
  • Female
  • Hong Kong / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Middle Aged
  • Papillomaviridae*
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Tumor Virus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Uterine Cervical Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / microbiology