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Understanding Oral Health in HPV-related Oropharyngeal Cancer in People with HIV

September 15, 2022
by Emory University


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Little is known about why people living with HIV have a much higher rate of oral human papilloma virus (HPV) infection and oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) than the general population. And it’s not only those with advanced untreated HIV infection, known as AIDS

Supported by a five-year, $3.9 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Flowers, co-principal investigator Canhua Xiao, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University, and their research team plan to enroll 500 people in the study, “Oral microbiome and periodontal diseases in oral HPV infection among people living with HIV.” The study will examine the associations among the oral microbiome, periodontal diseases and the immunological underpinnings of oral HPV infection in people with HIV.

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