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Lancet. 2001 Oct 27;358(9291):1429-30.

Human papillomavirus genotypes in rural Mozambique.


We studied the genotype distribution of cervical human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in an age-stratified sample of 262 women in Mozambique using the PGMYO9-PGMY11 primer system in a reverse line-blot strip-based assay with high sensitivity in type-specific amplification. Despite the low precision of the estimates, we found that HPV-16 was not the dominant type. Instead, HPV 35 was the most commonly identified genotype among HPV-positive women (16/96 [17%]) and women with cervical neoplasia (7/23 [30%]). Certain genotypes might have been under-detected in previous studies, and type-specific HPV distributions might vary across populations. Therefore, the estimated proportion of cervical neoplasia that could be prevented by an HPV-16-based vaccine could be lower than expected.

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