Volume : 3
Issue : 2
Online ISSN : 2394-2126
Print ISSN : 2394-2118
Article First Page : 161
Article End Page : 162
Background: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a widely prevalent DNA virus that is sexually transmitted. Although the majority of infections are benign and transient, persistent infections are associated with the development of cervical cancers. Cervical cancer ranks as the most frequent cancer among women in India, occurring chiefly between ages 15 to 44 years.
Objective: The objective of our study is to compare the HPV Positivity in different religious groups particularly in Muslim and Hindu population.
Methods: 50 women of reproductive age group visiting the gynaecology outpatient department in maternity hospitals of Petlaburz and Sultan Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana were selected during the year 2009-12 and subjected to polymerase chain reaction, using GP5, GP6 primers to detect HPV.
Results & Interpretation: Out of 50 patients, 27 were Hindu’s and among them 6 patients (22%) were HPV DNA positive and 23 patients were Muslims and among them only 1 patient (4%) was HPV DNA positive. Hindu women had a higher rate of HPV positivity in this study.
Conclusion: Genital hygiene practices vary in different religions and communities over the world. Such differences along with the practice of circumcision in Muslim men may be the reason for low rate of HPV infection in Muslims.
Keywords: Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); PCR( polymerase chain reaction)