Natural History of HPV Infection in Men: The HIM Study
Although the natural history of HPV infection in women is currently under investigation in several large cohort studies, no prospective studies of HPV infection in men who may transmit HPV to women are currently in progress. To date, only small cross-sectional studies and small prospective studies in northern Europe have been conducted among heterosexual men. To more fully understand HPV disease in both men and women, there is a need for information regarding the natural history of male HPV infection. Several important questions remain to be answered before prevention strategies, such as implementation of an HPV prevention vaccine, can be fully implemented. These questions include: types of HPV infecting men, incidence of infections, duration and persistence of infections, type-specific antibody response to HPV infections, and factors associated with incidence, persistence and HPV antibody response in men. We are performing a prospective male HPV cohort study to develop a fuller understanding of HPV infection in men. This study would be the first study of the natural history of penile HPV infection in US, Brazilian, and Mexican men.
The study protocol will include a pre-enrollment run-in visit, a baseline visit (enrollment), and 8 additional visits after enrollment scheduled six months apart. Intervals of every six months were chosen to insure that both acquisition and loss of infections may be assessed, as studies in women indicate that median duration of oncogenic infections ranges between 7-9 months. Informed consent will occur during the run-in visit. The run-in and follow-up visits will include questionnaire administration, visual inspection of the skin and external genitalia, and the collection of urine, blood, oral cells, and penile skin samples If anogenital lesions are present at any of the clinic visits, they will be sampled as well.
The HIM Study will examine the natural history of HPV infections in men: the incidence and clearance of type-specific penile HPV infections and humoral immune response to these infections. Adequate evaluation of these events requires the following critical components: 1) experience conducting international research (US, Mexico, and Brazil); 2) experience conducting HPV studies among men; 3) experience conducting prospective studies; 4) analytical experience conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and HPV genotyping; and 5) experience conducting HPV antibody assessment.
Observational Model: Ecologic or Community, Time Perspective: Prospective
Human Papillomavirus Infection
Cohort: 3000 men examined every 6 months for 4 years., Pilot study: 150 men examined every 6 months for 4 years.
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc.
Active, not recruiting
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00786760
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
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