Application of a Syndemic Framework to HPV and HSV Infection in Emergent Adult Men
Funded by: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Project dates: August 2017 - July 2021
Principal Investigator: Ompad, Danielle
Principal Investigator: Kapadia, Farzana
Principal Investigator: Halkitis PN

Human papilloma virus (HPV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections account for significant illness among men who have sex with men. HPV is associated with oral, oropharyngeal, and anal cancers, and a growing body of research suggests that racial disparities in HIV burden may be attributable, in part, to HSV infection. This study focused on young men who have sex with men, and tested for anal and oral HPV, and both types of HSV virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2). It also examined various determinants of these viral infections. The research will increase our understanding of the frequency and distribution of HPV and HSV infections among young men who have sex with men.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
Related Publications
LoSchiavo C, D'Avanzo PA, Emmert C, Krause KD, Ompad DC, Kapadia F, Halkitis PN (2022).
Predictors of anal high-risk HPV infection across time in a cohort of young adult sexual minority men and transgender women in New York City, 2015-2020
American Journal of Men's Health, 16 (4), 15579883221119084. doi: 10.1177/15579883221119084. PMCID: PMC9421230.

Halkitis PN, Valera P, LoSchiavo CE, Goldstone SE, Kanztanou M, Maiolatesi AJ, Ompad DC, Greene RE, Kapadia F (2019).
Human papillomavirus vaccination and infection in young sexual minority men: The P18 cohort study
AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 33 (4), 149-156. doi: 10.1089/apc.2018.0276. PMCID: PMC6459271.