Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of viruses that are responsible for the most common sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). HPV is highly transmissible, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that most sexually active men and women will contract it at least once in their lives. While the majority of HPV infections are benign, some may develop into pre-cancerous lesions and genital cancers such as cancer of the cervix.
Cancer of the cervix affects 510,000 women worldwide every year with more than 288,000 deaths. Approximately 80% of these 510,000 new cases appear in developing countries due to the absence of screening programs.
Against this backdrop, AMP is working in collaboration with its partners to try to understand the impact of the disease in these countries from an anthropological perspective.