Journal of Genital System & DisordersISSN: 2325-9728

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Research Article, J Genit Syst Disor Vol: 2 Issue: 1

Cervical Neoplasia-Associated Schistosomiasis in HIV-Infected and Uninfected South African Women

Louis-Jacques van Bogaert*
National Health Laboratory Service, Polokwane/Mankweng Hospital Complex and the University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Corresponding author : Louis-Jacques van Bogaert
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Received: February 20, 2013 Accepted: March 25, 2013 Published: April 03, 2013
Citation: van Bogaert LJ (2013) Cervical Neoplasia-Associated Schistosomiasis in HIV-Infected and Uninfected South African Women. J Genit Syst Disor 2:1. doi:10.4172/2325-9728.1000106

Abstract

Cervical Neoplasia-Associated Schistosomiasis in HIV-Infected and Uninfected South African
Women

Epidemiologic mapping of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), urogenital schistosomiasis (UGS), and cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa exhibit substantial overlap. This prompted the hypothesis of a possible link between these conditions. Cross-sectional studies suggest an increased risk of HIV infection
and transmission in women with UGS. In this perspective, it is hypothesized that systematic prevention of schistosomiasis in school girls might contribute to the reduction of transmission of HIV after sexual debut.

Keywords: Schistosome; HIV; Uterine cervix; Pre-invasive lesions; Invasive cancer

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