Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection that can cause cervical, anal, vaginal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers. There is heterogeneity in HPV prevalence across racial and socioeconomic groups as well as by age-cohort. These differences in HPV infection contribute to disparities observed in the rates of HPV-related cancer rates in these groups. This talk reviews what is known about genital, anal, and oral HPV infection, and how infection differs among groups. Reasons for disparities in HPV infection are discussed, including the roles of sexual behavior, sexual network, and co-factors (such as tobacco use). Common questions and answers about HPV infection will be discussed.

Citation Format: Gypsyamber D'Souza. Disparities in HPV infection. [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the Seventh AACR Conference on The Science of Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; Nov 9-12, 2014; San Antonio, TX. Philadelphia (PA): AACR; Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015;24(10 Suppl):Abstract nr IA01.