Incidence and Types of Human Papillomavirus Infections in Adolescent Girls and Young Women Immunized with the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

Nicolas F. Schlecht, Angela Diaz, Anne Nucci-Sack, Kathleen Shyhalla, Viswanathan Shankar, Mary Guillot, Dominic Hollman, Howard D. Strickler, Robert D. Burk

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Importance: Rates of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection have decreased since the introduction of HPV vaccines in populations with high vaccine uptake. Data are limited for adolescent and young adult populations in US metropolitan centers. Objective: To determine HPV infection rates in adolescent girls and young women aged 13 to 21 years in New York City following HPV vaccination. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cohort study of type-specific cervical HPV detection was conducted at a large adolescent-specific integrated health center in New York City between October 2007 and September 2019. Participants included an open cohort of adolescent girls and young adult women who received the HPV vaccine (Gardasil; Merck & Co) over a 12-year period following HPV vaccination introduction. Data analysis was concluded September 2019. Exposures: Calendar date and time since receipt of first vaccine dose. Main Outcomes and Measures: Temporal associations in age-adjusted postvaccine HPV rates. Results: A total of 1453 participants, with a mean (SD) age at baseline of 18.2 (1.4) years, were included in the cohort (African American with no Hispanic ethnicity, 515 [35.4%] participants; African American with Hispanic ethnicity, 218 [15.0%] participants; Hispanic with no reported race, 637 [43.8%] participants). Approximately half (694 [47.8%] participants) were vaccinated prior to coitarche. Age-adjusted detection rates for quadrivalent vaccine types (HPV-6, HPV-11, HPV-16, and HPV-18) and related types (HPV-31, and HPV-45) decreased year over year, with the largest effect sizes observed among individuals who had been vaccinated before coitarche (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 0.81; 95% CI, 0.67-0.98). By contrast, detection was higher year over year for nonvaccine high-risk cervical HPV types (aOR, 1.08; 95% CI, 1.04-1.13) and anal HPV types (aOR, 1.11; 95% CI, 1.05-1.17). The largest effect sizes were observed with nonvaccine types HPV-56 and HPV-68. Conclusions and Relevance: Whereas lower detection rates of vaccine-related HPV types were observed since introduction of vaccines in female youth in New York City, rates of some nonvaccine high-risk HPV types were higher. Continued monitoring of high-risk HPV prevalence is warranted..

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2121893
JournalJAMA Network Open
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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