Study links cervical dysplasia to HPV (human papillomavirus) infection:
This article was originally published in Clinica
A ten-year study has provided confirmation that infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for the development of low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions (LSIL) of the cervix. The prospective study, carried out by investigators at the University of California - San Francisco, followed 496 women with HPV infection for a median period of 60 months. 109 developed LSIL. Sexual activity or the presence of other STDs did not appear to increase the risk of LSILs, unlike in some other studies, but duration of HPV infections and, to a lesser extent, cigarette smoking, showed a positive association with development of LSILs.
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