Oral Human Papillomavirus Infection in Children during the F
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Ora human papillomavirus (HPV) infections have been detected in infants and young children reveal a recent study. The results indicate that HPV infection can be acquired nonsexually and is already common at an early age. Mother is the most likely source of the first HPV infection in her child. HPV status of the mother majorly impacts the outcome of oral HPV persistence for her offspring.

Researchers evaluated oral samples from 331 children in Finland who participated in the Finnish Family HPV Study from birth during 9 follow-up visits. They tested samples for 24 HPV genotypes.

--Oral HPV prevalence for children varied from 8.7% (at a 36-month visit) to 22.8% (at birth), and 18 HPV genotypes were identified.

--HPV16 was the most prevalent type to persist, followed by HPV18, HPV33, and HPV6.

--Persistent, oral, high-risk HPV infection for children was associated with oral HPV carriage of the mother at birth and seroconversion of the mother to high-risk HPV during follow-up.

Conclusively, children acquire their first oral HPV infection at an early age. The HPV status of the mother has a major impact on the outcome of oral HPV persistence for her offspring.

Emerging Infectious Diseases-CDC
Source: https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2703.202721
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