Alicia McDonald, MPH, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health professions in the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, has published “Distribution of Human Papillomavirus Genotypes Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Women in Cape Town, South Africa” in Frontiers in Oncology.
This study, conducted among women from sub-Saharan Africa, found that cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) types were more common in HIV-positive women compared to HIV-negative women. However, there was no significant difference in high-risk HPV types between the two groups. The authors suggest that screening strategies incorporating high-risk HPV genotyping and vaccination should be effective in preventing cervical cancer in HIV-positive and -negative women living in sub-Saharan Africa.
McDonald is also assistant professor of population health at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and epidemiology researcher at North Shore-LIJ Health System.