Background. Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, and it has been identified as a significant risk factor for the development of dysplasia and cancer of the uterine cervix. The possible influence of male HPV lesions on female cervix oncogenesis has not been elucidated so far. In the present study we evaluate the male partners of women with clinical or subclinical HPV infection with particular interest in the clinical features of this infection in both partners. Methods. We examined 81 male partners of women affected with human papillomavirus infections. Condylomata acuminata were searched for by visual inspection. Subclinical lesions were searched by 5 power optical magnification lens after application of 5% acetic acid. Results. In men we observed the following percentage of infection: 67% of the partners of women affected with condylomata acuminata, 46% of the partners of women affected with subclinical lesions (acetic acid positive), and 40% of the partners of women with association of HPV and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Conclusions. Our data stress that very often the partners of women with HPV subclinical infection, especially when associated with CIN, do not present lesions, and consequently primary prevention may be very difficult.

Study of the partners of women with human papillomavirus infection

STINCO, Giuseppe;
1993

Abstract

Background. Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, and it has been identified as a significant risk factor for the development of dysplasia and cancer of the uterine cervix. The possible influence of male HPV lesions on female cervix oncogenesis has not been elucidated so far. In the present study we evaluate the male partners of women with clinical or subclinical HPV infection with particular interest in the clinical features of this infection in both partners. Methods. We examined 81 male partners of women affected with human papillomavirus infections. Condylomata acuminata were searched for by visual inspection. Subclinical lesions were searched by 5 power optical magnification lens after application of 5% acetic acid. Results. In men we observed the following percentage of infection: 67% of the partners of women affected with condylomata acuminata, 46% of the partners of women affected with subclinical lesions (acetic acid positive), and 40% of the partners of women with association of HPV and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Conclusions. Our data stress that very often the partners of women with HPV subclinical infection, especially when associated with CIN, do not present lesions, and consequently primary prevention may be very difficult.
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