What are the racial predilections for human papillomavirus (HPV)?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Peter A Gearhart, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In the United States, African Americans have a rate of HPV infection that is 1.5 times higher than their white counterparts. However, most studies indicate that no racial predilection exists for the acquisition of genital warts.

Dinh et al analyzed data from the 1999-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, which collected data from a random sample of the United States civilian population. These investigators reported that the prevalence of genital warts was higher in non-Hispanic whites than in other racial or ethnic groups. [47] One US survey reported that among women, the prevalence of HPV infection due to any HPV type was 39% for non-Hispanic blacks, and 24% for non-Hispanic whites and Mexican Americans. [43]

From 1987 to 1991, the age-adjusted cervical cancer death rate reported by the US National Cancer Institute was higher among black women than among white women, with a ratio of 6:1.


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