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Frontiers in Oncology

Lead author Alicia McDonald

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.


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