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BioMed Research International
Volume 2015, Article ID 314815, 10 pages
Research Article

Status of Human Papillomavirus Infection in the Ethnic Population in Yunnan Province, China

1Faculty of Life Science and Technology, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650500, China
2The Research Centre for Molecular Medicine in Yunnan Province, Kunming 650500, China
3The First Hospital of Yunnan Province, Kunming 650034, China
4The Second Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming 650101, China

Received 11 September 2015; Accepted 24 November 2015

Academic Editor: Paul K. S. Chan

Copyright © 2015 Zulqarnain Baloch et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


HPV genotypes have distinct distributions among various ethnic populations worldwide. In December 2013, 237 and 159 cervical samples were collected from Hani and Han ethnic women, respectively, in Mojiang, a rural county in southern Yunnan. The overall HPV infection rate (21.1%) among the Hani women was significantly higher than that among the Han women (12.6%). The high-risk (HR) and low-risk (LR) HPV and single- and multiple-genotype infection rates among the Hani women were 11.0%, 4.6%, 15.6%, and 5.5%, respectively. HPV-16 (3.8%) was the most prevalent genotype among the Hani women, followed by HPV-52 (1.7%), HPV-31 (0.8%), and HPV-33 (0.8%). Comparatively, the Han women had lower infection rates of high-risk (8.2%), low-risk (1.2%), single-genotype (9.4%), and multiple-genotype HPV infections (3.1%). HPV-16 (3.1%) was also the predominant genotype among the Han women, followed by HPV-52 (1.3%), HPV-33 (0.6%), HPV-44 (0.6%), and HPV-54 (0.6%). The area background, number of children, and past history of STIs were recognized as potential risk factors for HPV infection. Rural background, age, education level, number of children, and illness history were significantly associated with HPV infection among the Hani women. These findings highlight the urgent need for HPV prevention and control strategies in Yunnan, particularly for the Hani ethnic women.