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Original Article Human Papillomavirus Prevalence in Gangwon Province Using Reverse Blot Hybridization Assay.
Dongsup Lee, Sunghyun Kim, Sangjung Park, Hyunwoo Jin, Tae Ue Kim, Kwang Hwa Park, Hyeyoung Lee
Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2011;45(4):348-353
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4132/KoreanJPathol.2011.45.4.348
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1Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, College of Health Science, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea. hyelee@yonsei.ac.kr, abba@yonsei.ac.kr
2Department of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.

BACKGROUND
Human papillomavirus (HPV) plays an important role in the development of cervical carcinoma. Although there is a general agreement that high levels of HPV are related to cervical cancer, the prevalence and distribution of HPV genotypes seems to vary by geographical region. This study was designed to investigate the prevalence of HPV genotypes in Gangwon Province, Korea.
METHODS
In total, 342 samples were examined by Pap smear and HPV-ID(R) reverse blot hybridization assay (REBA) (M&D, Wonju, Korea).
RESULTS
Overall HPV positivity was 80.9% and 64.4% in women with abnormal and normal cytology by REBA, respectively. The five most common HPV types were: HPV 16, 53, 58, 56, and 33 in samples with abnormal cytology, and HPV 16, 53, 58, 70, and 18 in samples with normal cytology.
CONCLUSIONS
The REBA can provide useful data regarding prevalence of HPV genotypes. Gangwon Province showed high prevalence of HPV infection in women. The most common HPV type in Gangwon Province was HPV16, and HPV 53, 58, 56, 70 were frequently present.

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