Primary HPV and Molecular Cervical Cancer Screening in US Women Living With Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

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BACKGROUND: Primary human papillomavirus (HPV) screening (PHS) utilizes oncogenic human papillomavirus (oncHPV) testing as the initial cervical cancer screening method and typically, if positive, additional reflex-triage (eg, HPV16/18-genotyping, Pap testing). While US guidelines support PHS usage in the general population, PHS has been little studied in women living with HIV (WLWH). METHODS: We enrolled n = 865 WLWH (323 from the Women's Interagency HIV Study [WIHS] and 542 from WIHS-affiliated colposcopy clinics). All participants underwent Pap and oncHPV testing, including HPV16/18-genotyping. WIHS WLWH who tested oncHPV[+] or had cytologic atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance or worse (ASC-US+) underwent colposcopy, as did a random 21% of WLWH who were oncHPV[-]/Pap[-] (controls). Most participants additionally underwent p16/Ki-67 immunocytochemistry. RESULTS: Mean age was 46 years, median CD4 was 592 cells/µL, 95% used antiretroviral therapy. Seventy WLWH had histologically-determined cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 or greater (CIN-2+), of which 33 were defined as precancer (ie, [i] CIN-3+ or [ii] CIN-2 if concurrent with cytologic high grade squamous intraepithelial lesions [HSILs]). PHS had 87% sensitivity (Se) for precancer, 9% positive predictive value (PPV), and a 35% colposcopy referral rate (Colpo). "PHS with reflex HPV16/18-genotyping and Pap testing" had 84% Se, 16% PPV, 30% Colpo. PHS with only HPV16/18-genotyping had 24% Colpo. "Concurrent oncHPV and Pap Testing" (Co-Testing) had 91% Se, 12% PPV, 40% Colpo. p16/Ki-67 immunochemistry had the highest PPV, 20%, but 13% specimen inadequacy. CONCLUSIONS: PHS with reflex HPV16/18-genotyping had fewer unnecessary colposcopies and (if confirmed) could be a potential alternative to Co-Testing in WLWH.

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Cited Authors

  • Strickler, HD; Keller, MJ; Hessol, NA; Eltoum, I-E; Einstein, MH; Castle, PE; Massad, LS; Flowers, L; Rahangdale, L; Atrio, JM; Ramirez, C; Minkoff, H; Adimora, AA; Ofotokun, I; Colie, C; Huchko, MJ; Fischl, M; Wright, R; D'Souza, G; Leider, J; Diaz, O; Sanchez-Keeland, L; Shrestha, S; Xie, X; Xue, X; Anastos, K; Palefsky, JM; Burk, RD

Published Date

  • May 4, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1529 - 1537

PubMed ID

  • 32881999

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8096228

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciaa1317


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States