Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted diseases worldwide, both in men and women. Human papillomavirus infections provides the scientific background needed to understand the natural history and pathogenesis of HPV infection and offers discussion of its clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The book begins with chapters covering the epidemiology, virology, history and transmission of the infection, as well as its pathogenesis and clinical features. Following a discussion of the relationship between HPV and cancer, chapters in the second half of the book look at diagnosis, testing and treatment. The book concludes with detailed coverage of the prevention of HPV through worldwide vaccination programmes.

Key Features

  • Covers all the important issues relating to both male and female HPV infection
  • Provides overview of the current knowledge about epidemiology, basic virology, pathogenesis and diagnosis methods
  • Explores the relationship between HPV and cancer


Practitioners: microbiologists, pathologists, infectologists, gynecologist, primary health care physician, primary health care nurses and epidemiologists; Researchers and laboratory workers

Table of Contents

Introduction and epidemiological data; Basic virology: Structure and nomenclature; Natural history and transmission: Anatomic distribution; Pathogenesis and clinical features; HPV infection and association with cancer; Diagnosis of HPV infection; Clinical utility of HPV testing; Treatment; Prevention: HPV vaccines.


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© 2012
Woodhead Publishing
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About the editor

Fernando Cobo

Dr Fernando Cobo is a specialist in microbiology working in the Microbiology Department of the Hospital de Poniente, Spain, and has previously worked at the University Hospital Virgen de las Nievas and the Stem Cell Bank of Andalucía. He is a member of several professional societies including the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 books, 90 book chapters, and 120 national and international conference papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Hospital de Poniente, Spain


This succinct review of the various facets of HPV invection and disease will be very useful for the intended audiences interested in this subject...There are no comparable books., Doody's Reviews