HPV infection is an infectious disease that affects both men and women. The rate of cervical cancer caused by HPV infection in women are extremely high in India due to the lack of awareness to take preventive screening measures and lower diagnosis rates. In US, the women are screened through a pap smear regularly, which is regarded as a very intrusive test by many women in India. Consequently, the HPV screening rates are very low. For men, no HPV test exists as of now. Many research papers have shown that HPV causes many cancers among men, including head and neck cancers.
We are developing a HPV diagnostic test that would provide clinically relevant information based only on the sample of peripheral blood. Such a test would be convenient for both men and women, and would particularly allow widespread screening for cervical cancer prevention and diagnosis among Indian women.