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Human Papillomavirus

Rajamanickam Rajkumar

Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute


HPV Epidemiology Types of variants Commonly occurring strains Infection rates Self clearance reinfectionsPathogenesisPathology HPV Diagnosis and treatment HPV Vaccines

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Human Papilloma Virus assumes a great significance because it is the proven causal factor for Cervical Cancer. Cervical cancer affects millions of women worldwide and it is an important cause of mortality among women. It is the third most common cancer worldwide, and more than 75% of cases occur in the developing world. However, the most important epidemiological feature is that cervical cancer is preventable. HPV infections that occur in women can be diagnosed by tests with acceptable specificity and sensitivity. The HPV positive women should be monitored, with regular Pap smears. Women who develop Cervical Intraepithelial Lesions - CIN, can thus be diagnosed at early stages. Once CIN is diagnosed cytologically, the women may be subjected to colposcopy guided biopsies. The confirmed CIN cases can then be subjected to Precancer management strategies like Cryotherapy, Cold coagulation, Laser ablation, Loop Electro Excision Procedure- LEEP. The women thus treated should be followed up at regular intervals of 6 months, with biopsies. If, at the end of 5 years, the woman is negative for CIN / invasive cervical cancer, she is declared cured. Community education, menstrual hygiene and sexual hygiene, early HPV diagnosis, monitoring, prompt treatment of CIN and histological follow ups, are all important in reduction in incidence of cervical cancer and mortality due to cervical cancer. 

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Rajamanickam Rajkumar

Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute

Dr Rajamanickam Rajkumar (BSC, MBBS, MD, PhD, Colposcopy (UK & Ireland), FUICC, Hon. Member SCCPS Singapore) was inspired to become a doctor at school age by Christine Matthews - an Irish Missionary who worked at the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He did his postgraduate in Community Medicine and worked at the Christian Fellowship Community Health Centre, Ambillikai, Tamil Nadu – under the mentorship of Padmabhushan Dr Jacob Cherian. Burdened by the large number of cervical cancer cases in this small rural hospital, Dr Rajkumar wrote to IARC/WHO for guidance to prevent and control cervical cancer. He initiated a rural population-based cancer registry with IARC in 1996, and following training in colposcopy and precancer management in UK and Ireland, he implemented a large scale screening program using the village workers in 2001. This IARC project was a great success. In 2011, in collaboration with the Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Singapore and The Ohio State University Medical Center, USA, Dr Rajkumar is forming the 'Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Society in South India – COLPI” for training doctors and nurses in cervical cancer prevention. Medical colleges and Nursing colleges have been inspired to start Cervical cancer screening programs using their own resources benefiting poor rural women in the developing countries. Recent initiatives include early education on HPV, free sanitary napkins, HPV Vaccination, etc - especially for young girls. Dr. Rajkumar's mission is to raise awareness about cervical cancer as well as finding the best strategies towards its elimination.

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