Women found to be infected with high-risk types of human papillomavirus early in pregnancy are more than twice as likely to develop preeclampsia, according to a retrospective cohort study reported at the Pregnancy Meeting, the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. “This study supports an association between high-risk human papillomavirus and preeclampsia, which is consistent with the association that was previously seen between high-risk HPV and cardiovascular disease,” said UTMB’s Dr. Mollie McDonnold, the study’s lead investigator.