HPV Screening

HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted viral infection in humans. More than 100 types of HPVs have been identified, among which around 15 are categorized as “high-risk” viruses that can lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of deaths related to cancer among women of reproductive age in Nepal – with up to 2000 deaths per year due to the disease. Our HPV study is a pilot study for HPV prevalence, screening and viral genotyping, together with assessment of reproductive health awareness in urban slums of Kathmandu, Nepal. With this study we plan on providing a baseline data on the prevalence of HPV infection in poor urban communities that could inform the government and healthcare system on effective implementation of our national cervical cancer screening program.