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Virology. 2010 Nov 10;407(1):26-32. doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2010.07.046. Epub 2010 Aug 17.

Prevalence and stability of antibodies to 37 human papillomavirus types--a population-based longitudinal study.

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Genetics and Population Health Division, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Information about serostability of cutaneous HPV types over time is very limited. We investigated seroprevalence and serostability of 37 different HPV types over 4½ years in an Australian population-based study. Sera and data were analyzed for 390 people who had never been diagnosed with SCC and had blood collected in 1992, 1993 and 1996. Eighty-six percent of participants were seropositive to at least one of the 37 HPV types at baseline. HPV-4 was the type with the highest seroprevalence (41%), followed by HPV-38 and HPV-8 (both 33%). Over 90% of people retained their baseline serostatus during the 4½ year follow-up. Highest serostability was observed for HPV-88 (99.7% stayed seropositive or seronegative), while HPV-65 was least stable with 17% altering their serostatus during follow-up. Seroprevalence to cutaneous HPV types are relatively stable over time, and a single measure can be used as a reasonable marker of long-term antibody status.

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